By choosing to craft jewelry out of upcycled materials like used T-shirts and office supplies, Olivia & Diego aims to raise awareness of a massive, global problem: textile waste.
Every year, North Americans donate excessive amounts of clothing to developing countries like the Philippines. This destroys the local economy and clogs Philippine landfills. By employing local women artisans from Davao in Mindanao, Olivia & Diego helps reduce textile waste, provides employment to women escaping the sex trade, and shares the beauty of Mindanao with the world.
“I will always be ethical and fair to the artisans, no matter how difficult financially or logistically”
Yana Santiago, Founder of Olivia & Diego