Whilst on holiday in Slovenia recently we had the pleasure of meeting the lovely ladies from Smetumet, a non-profit organization based in the capital of Ljubljana and focused on slow living, recycling and re-purposing everyday objects into new and exciting things!
Smetumet is an NGO (non government organisation) non profit and soon to be social enterprise. Much like our values, one of their goals is to protest and fight back against our disposable capitalist logic. During our visit with the ladies, they told us about many of their amazing projects, and we left feeling very inspired.
Through workshops and events they encourage people to live consciously, repair old possessions, create from waste and encourage a social shift towards slower consumption. Slow consumption is a term that encourages people to slow down and make conscious decisions about all aspects of what they are purchasing. We were pleased to hear this term, as we thought it was quite a localized concept.
Other projects include interior renovation, corporate gifts, business cards and customized clothing, all made from recycled materials.
Smetumet have a small shop where they sell many of their re-purposed products using waste from both industrial and consumer waste. The profit from these products funds the organisations campaigns. Whilst we were in the shop a lady walked in with an armful of umbrellas, which where destined to be made into bags. The shop is an interesting colorful array of homewares and fashion pieces.
Our favourite product was a messenger bag made from old vinyl banners. There were piles of the stencil cut components of the bag, and you are able to choose the colour of each panel of the bag.
The diagram in the middle shows where all the money goes from the sale of each bag.