Les Filles du Facteur continues the mission of Facteur Céleste, which originated as an accessories brand created in 1992 by Delphine Kohler and Isabelle Strutz who, at the time, also maintained a diverse line of purses and bags. Facteur Céleste evolved with the economic times and also with the global environmental crisis, becoming more and more aware of the struggles of the earth and its inhabitants — particularly women and children of Africa. In 2008, FC sought to leap its French borders and create an association that serves as a bridge between France and Africa. As such, Les Filles du Facteur came into brighter focus.
Stationing itself in Paris as well as in the small, francophone, Northwest African country of Burkina Faso, Les Filles du Facteur promote their ambitious, socially and environmentally responsible project entitled “recyclagesacplastic” (recyling plastic bags). Together, the women of the North (France) and of the South (Burkina) establish new means for repurposing plastic bags to save them from entering our global landfills. The mission is rather simple, though the methods are highly unique and creative, allowing an artistic outlet and solution for a global problem. While efforts to eliminate plastic bags can now be seen across the U.S. as well, we all still have some extra bags lying around, whether to line our wastebaskets or to transport lunches. If you’re in France (or even if you’re not) and you’d like to dispose of your own plastic sacs, Les Filles du Facteur will gladly take them off your hands and put them to beautifully good use. You can mail them here:
Filles du Facteur
5 rue Perrée
75003 Paris FRANCE
From their website:
Le projet « recyclagesacplastic » comporte toutes les valeurs d’une philosophie basée sur l’écologie et l’aide au développement : la protection du savoir-faire « à la main », l’environnement, l’éducation, les problèmes de santé et de l’enfance défavorisée pour le sud, l’autonomie des femmes immigrées dans les banlieues pour le nord.
La communication établie entre les femmes du nord et celles du sud conduit à une prise de conscience mutuelle et élargit le champ d’action des échanges entre les cultures.
The following images have been graciously borrowed from the sites of both Les Filles du Facteur and Facteur Céleste. If you wish to support their wonderful cause, I strongly encourage you to visit their online shop, which features many of their crocheted, plastic masterpieces that have been featured in the Monoprix store chain across France. Who knew such beauty could come from… plastic?!
A few plastic goodies from the Facteur Shop (go forth and purchase!):