We are in the business of weaving opportunities.
Our goal is to:
[ 1 ] Help conserve the environment by giving you access to pieces that are ♻️ and made to last.
[ 2 ] Support our community partners by increasing their source of income and by advocating for better working and living conditions.
[ 3 ] Respect the environment in the way we source our materials and ship our products.
The story behind the weaves
One of our partners is Kilus Foundation, an all-woman workforce based in the Philippines. They collect used and discarded materials and transform them into a source of income.
These women build a vocation at home, inspiring other family members to get involved. One of the women from the community shared that her husband traded his risky habit of playing cards for bet to washing collected juice packs for her to weave. Aside from the pioneering women, there are over 150 families who are currently involved in Kilus’ different livelihood projects.
How our bags are made
Juice packs are one of the most popular food items in urban areas in the Philippines. They are made of non-biodegradable materials and often end up in landfills. The women of Kilus found a creative way to recycle them.
First, they collect used juice packs. They cut them open from the underside, disinfect, and rinse several times over. Next, the juice packs are air dried in sunlight. Material is then sorted by color for the weaving process.
It takes an average of 32 hours to weave one bag. This does not includes the sterilizing process.
In recent years, Kilus has also started buying defective sheets from manufacturers to avoid having rejects burnt, giving off all kinds of hazardous fumes.
For modern women
Our pieces are made by women from underserved communities. We encourage them to be self-sufficient through meaningful work and regain a sense self of purpose.
The heart of this initiative lies in the belief that we can redefine the way we live, work, and support businesses by creating sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships.
Mimmialva is the impassioned creation of buyer and retail insider, Amparo Palou – our business model seeks to equilize benefits with our collaborators by providing healthier livelihood opportunities and improved environmental conditions.