We use locally sourced sisal, paper, food grade plastic and palm tree leaves as weaving materials. The leather handles in our baskets and bags are vegetable tanned. Our ornaments are made of wood. All our products are handmade and unique as well as very eco-friendly.
Using locally sourced material is the main reason for using sisal in our baskets and bags.
Sisal plants grow in the dry soil of Kenya where no chemical fertilizers are used in production.
Sisal compared to other natural fibres
Sisal, jute, rattan, seagrass and water hyacinth are all typical basket weaving materials. So why select sisal over seagrass or jute?
Although very similar otherwise, sisal is more durable than jute, seagrass or water hyacinth. Sisal takes dying better than seagrass or water hyacinth so can be used to create different colours of baskets and bags. Sisal is also anti-static.
Compared to rattan, sisal is a much softer material, allowing the baskets and bags to be formed into the shape you like.
Recycled and upcycled plastic
The Kiondo baskets and bags made of sisal and plastic are extremely durable and can even take water making them very versatile to use and easy to clean. They can be used outdoors.
We source from local factories the plastic we use. The plastic meets food grade standards which means that our products can be used in contact with food and are thus safe. Our products are not 100% of recycled plastic due to the food grade standard requirements but all of our plastic products are at least partly made of recycled plastic or up-cycled residual waste.
- Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value. (Source: Wikipedia)
Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. (Source: Wikipedia)
Our Turkana baskets and bags are hand woven from palm leaves.
Palm leaves are an eco-friendly material. Only some of the leaves are collected from riverside palms so the tree is left to grow. It is a durable and strong material, making it ideal for bigger baskets too.
Our ornaments are carved from fallen twigs of jacaranda trees and then hand painted. We never cut down trees to make our products!
Paper is a beautiful eco-friendly material that can be recycled. It is unbleached, light and durable. We have been developing paper together with a factory to provide sustainable multi-function material for a variety of uses.
We use locally sourced leather in our bags and baskets. Variation in the colour of the leather handles is natural as it depends on where and how the cow has been bred. Our leather handles have been vegetable tanned, which is a process using organic material and natural tannins derived from the barks, leaves and branches of trees and plants. The leather is cut and stitched to the baskets by our skilled leather artisan partners using traditional techniques.