The Leap Manifesto

“Utopia lies at the horizon.
When I draw nearer by two steps,
it retreats two steps.
If I proceed ten steps forward, it
swiftly slips ten steps ahead.
No matter how far I go, I can never reach it.
What, then, is the purpose of utopia?
It is to cause us to advance.” - Eduardo Galeano

It is not everyday that you can come across something so compelling as the Leap Manifesto where dreams of a better future are put beautifully into tangible actions and demands. 
The Manifesto was born in 2015 after a two-day meeting involving representatives from Canada’s Indigenous rights, social and food justice, environmental, faith-based and labour movements. 
Canada is the first country to release it but there are already groups working toward one for Australia and Britain (The People's Demand) and there has been interest expressed from around the world. 
What I have really loved is that people have come together to shape a new and better world. They have stated what are their most important demands for a new economy, an economy that is inclusive, that can eliminate inequality and that strongly and fundamentally Cares, with a capitol C. 
" We could live in a country powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate racial and gender inequality. Caring for one another and caring for the planet could be the economy’s fastest growing sectors. Many more people could have higher wage jobs with fewer work hours, leaving us ample time to enjoy our loved ones and flourish in our communities."
Now more than ever we need a revolution of ideas, without being scared of dreaming big. A revolution that brings us back together, that is necessary and most of all that we can undoubtedly afford.
If you'd like to read the Manifesto, know more and get involved please visit The Leap Manifesto 
“We need a different kind of solar revolution, one that doesn’t just change how we generate our power, but also who benefits.” – Naomi Klein
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Meet the Maker: Lav Chamroeun

For this year Fashion Revolution Week we interviewed Mr Chamroeun the man behind our upcycled from tyre wallets.


 

Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Lav Chamroeun and I am 38 years old. I was born in KomPong Cham Province, Cambodia. I am the fourth in my family and I have two brothers and three sisters. When I was a child I suffered from Polio and my right hand was affected leaving me with a disability. 

When did you start Smart Craft?

I have started in 2012. I have been working for few organisations and NGOs in the handicrafts sector, first as a volunteer and then as a production manager. After four years I gained the necessary skills to start Smart Craft, a small producers group.

What motivated you?

I have always wanted to help people with disabilities and vulnerable people in general to create their own future by producing good quality recycled products and that is why I have started Smart Craft.

What do you like about your job?

I like that I have the possibility to help and I love to research and design new products using raw materials. I love nature and especially the sea and upcycling it is a way for me to help reduce pollution and clean the environment.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope I can find more partners so that I can employ more artisans and by doing so supporting more families and their children. 

 

 

 

We'd like to thank Mr Chamroeun for the time it took to do this interview and for the amazing work he does. 

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The Making of a Tyre Wallet

We have realised this short video to show you how our producers at Smart Crafts create beautiful wallets out of tyre. 

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5 Creative Ways to Reuse Old Tyres

Landfilling of tyres is a poor disposal solution as tyres are almost completely non-biodegradable due to the cross-linked rubber structure present.

So, why not upcycle them into something not just useful, but beautiful?

Here some ideas!

1) Garden Tables

 

2) Shelves

3) Chairs

 

 

4) Lamps

 

 

5) Poufs & Stools

 

 

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A.N.D. Some Exciting News to Announce

We’ve brewed up a brand new partnership - along with a fresh batch of beautiful artisanal wares - just for you.

 

On our last trip to Cambodia we had the good fortune of meeting Alan Flux, one of the co-founders of A.N.D ArtisanandDesigner (a Cambodian fair trade brand that blends elevated design with traditional textile processing practices). An English designer with a profound passion for fashion, he’s living his dream working with local producers to create stunning, one-of-a-kind handmade clothes, accessories and home décor. With the goal of revitalizing the local artisanal sector, which is currently under threat.

 

AND … there’s more. A.N.D. employs (and consequently empower) disadvantaged people, and only uses reclaimed fabric and wood that would otherwise be discarded.

 

Cambodia is currently one of the largest cheap labor garment manufacturing zones. More and more young Cambodians are resorting to working in factories where human rights - and certainly creativity and authenticity! – is too often overlooked. All so that big corporate brands can keep up with the insatiable demand that “fast fashion” creates.

 

We’re thrilled to be able to support A.N.D. in revitalising the local artisanal sector, which is currently under threat. And in preserving long-standing traditions and safeguarding a sliver of Cambodia’s beauty and authenticity. Join us in welcoming them to the Lost in Samsara family. And if you can, help us raise them up by sharing this article online and shopping their collection.

 

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