why is it more sustainable?
Bicicleta is a rug made upcycling bicycle tires, with over 100 tires used to make each rug.
Rubber tubes are taken from the inside of discarded bicycle tires. Once cleaned and processed, they’re woven like regular yarn.
Nanimarquina rugs are cleaned with an innovative method that uses biodegradable and enzyme-based products: Eco-sheen and Jutex. This formulation is safer for workers and doesn’t pollute groundwater. It also saves water as it requires only 1 wash as opposed to the 4-5 washes that are traditionally needed.
All Nanimarquina rugs are handmade by artisans in India, Pakistan and Nepal and part of the company’s revenues are donated to Care & Fair .
The association ensures that weavers receive fair wages, live and work in good conditions and that no child labour is used. In addition, Care & Fair offers free education and primary medical care to weavers’ children and empowers women by teaching them basic notions (reading, writing, maths…) and practical skills (sewing and embroidery).