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Agua de Luna

Agua de Luna

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth 12. Responsible Consumption and Production 13. Climate Action 17. Partnerships for the Goals

Overview

Agua de Luna is a sustainable and ecological textile production company, which uses textile residues from other textile companies, to provide a variety of textile products using a largely female workforce from impoverished communities.

Authors

Sergio Montalvo

Sergio Montalvo

Yesenia Guajardo

Yesenia Guajardo

Jean Aymes

Jean Aymes

School

EGADE Business School Tecnologico de Monterrey

EGADE Business School Tecnologico de Monterrey

Professor

MARTIN H BREMER

MARTIN H BREMER

Innovation

Agua de Luna is a textile art company where products are developed from textile waste and in collaboration with communities of artisan women. It arises from wanting to make a proposal to be able to recycle material from the textile industry since this industry is one of the top polluters. The main 2 questions this company is looking to answer and solve are: How to reuse the material that is considered as waste in the factories? And how can we generate employment and community networks among women?

It all started with two textile designers, Carolina Fischer and Sofía Villarreal in search of a better Mexico, transforming unwanted waste objects into unique pieces to raise awareness of textile waste and at the same time empowering women by training them in various textile techniques improving, thus, their lifestyle.

Their main goals are: be revolutionary, be visionary, be a creator, be a teacher, be a student, be part of the team, be a positive force, have a positive impact.

Agua de Luna

Exceptional Women's Tejidos

Inspiration

Agua de Luna seeks to have a social, economic and ecological impact in Mexico. Socially, they seek to empower women by training them with various textile techniques, giving them a trade and a fair payment for their work. The intention is to generate a mental well-being in women by recognizing the value of their work and, thus, giving them a value within the family based on a very versatile technique where the same members can innovate and propose, creating a cooperation network and solidarity where knowledge is shared. On the environmental side, it was created with the intention of creating awareness of their consumption habits, so they can create functional and original products by reusing waste textile material and communicate this ecologically responsible process in their packaging and social networks. They want and believe in creating zero waste. Waste does not necessarily have to be garbage, with a little imagination beautiful things can be created.

Overall impact

Socially responsible: Part of the project is based on training women with a very versatile technique where the same members can innovate and propose, creating a network of cooperation and solidarity where knowledge is shared. They are currently working with a marginalized community in Cuetzalan Puebla and they seek to expand that network.

Economically Responsible: Empowers women from marginalized communities, providing them with a job and income, that they would normally not have in their community. This also acknowledges that they are the only ones who look after their children, thus providing flexibility during their work hour days.

Ecologically Responsible: Our impact is made on 2 different fronts, the first one is made by going to different textile companies and recollecting their scrap to be used in their products. The second is made in their own production process where they have a "zero waste" rule. These 2 fronts gives the company a chance to implement circular economy in the way they do business.

Business benefit

Agua de Luna has helped to recover more than 2 tons of textile waste per month, in addition to helping to generate greater value to the "Garbage" and avoid waste. They created more than 50 jobs for women and impoverished communities, with the projects they have in the future they are estimating that the number of employees per year will double, the current salary for their employees is of around $ 250 pesos per day, and when they have large projects the amount increases by a 20% because of the workload, in addition to the fact that employees are registered with public healthcare and are given all legal benefits.

As pointed out, this company started as a small business but mainly for the ecological reasons and bringing economic relief to communities, several years ago we were consolidated as a company that has had an annual income of over $ 1 million pesos. The project to increase sales with the export of products and projects with overseas companies will lead to an increase in sales in the coming years, and the main thing is that they are funded with their own money without having external investment.

Social and environmental benefit

The intention with this line is to create awareness of their consumption habits to create an opening before re-use. Waste does not necessarily have to be garbage, with a little imagination, interesting, attractive and good quality things can be created. They are creating ZERO waste while employing and empowering women in order to create a better Mexico for all.

Interview

Carolina Fischer, Agua de Luna

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Agua de Luna

Agua de Luna

Cuetzalan, Puebla, MX

Business Website: https://www.alameda.mx/search?q=agua+de+luna

Year Founded: 2016

Number of Employees: 11 to 50

Sustainable and ecological textile production company, which uses textile residues from other textile companies and provides their products to people who are looking to be environmentally conscious and want to decrease their carbon footprint.