Piratas do Pau Upcycling Centre
Training young Mozambicans to produce modern products from waste materials
PdP provides young unskilled Mozambicans with the chance to train and work as a craftsperson or designer in a unique upcycling centre which designs appealing modern household products, including furniture, soft furnishings and bags, from reclaimed materials.
As competition comprises low-quality imported furniture and traditional style furniture, demand for unique quality products is high. Currently all products are sold locally, using 90 % reclaimed materials.
Due to the high percentage of reclaimed materials used and the appealing designs of its products, particularly its modern furniture range, PdP reduces waste and encourages people to think about upcycling, rather than buying imported products or products made from mining and logging.
Abdesign Unipessoal is a design business with a social and environmentally-responsible focus and the enterprise’s lead partner. It founded the brand Piratas do Pau and set up the training programme and upcycling centre.
Action Humanitaire contre la Délinquance is a non-profit organisation that is assisting with the setting up of the training programme and fundraising activities and supporting marketing and communications.
Centro de Formação Profissional da UGC DA is a training centre outside of Maputo involved in selecting trainees, running the training programme and hosting the upcycling centre.
Associação Moçambicana de Reciclagem is the biggest collector of re-usable waste in Mozambique and provides PdP with access to construction wood, pallets and other materials.
The 2014 SEED Awards in Ethiopia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda are largely supported by the European Union, which is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies.