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Errante Ecoshoes & Bags

Medio ambiente
Nariño - Pasto

Description of Social Entrepreneurship

ERRANTE is a venture of the City of Pasto, pioneer in the alternative use of recycled tires for the manufacture of bags and shoes, thus contributing to reduce the negative environmental impact generated by the waste of tires in our city, we work with more than 20 families whose livelihood is the repair of “montallantas” tires and recycling, families with which a process of awareness was made, since it was determined that they sold the tires to mills and brick where they are used for combustion in the production of panela and bricks, said The process ends as a potential polluting effect with carcinogenic smoke.

What led you to create your Social Entrepreneurship?

This business idea is an innovative response to the pollution problem caused by irresponsible tire disposal, since they are not biodegradable and a source of disease.

On the other hand we look for a raw material that is friendly to the environment, resistant and waterproof, to meet the needs of people when transporting their technological devices and personal accessories; Reducing the percentage of leather by more than 60% in each product with a 100% environmentally friendly process.

How does your Social Entrepreneurship impact your community?

The use of this material allows to reduce the negative impact on the environment. For example, tires are abandoned in public spaces of the city and over time moisture and water can accumulate, becoming the source of diseases. According to Resolution number 1457 of July 29, 2010, in Colombia, most of the tires are stored in clandestine deposits or left in public spaces, with the consequences in environmental, economic and sanitary terms.

If they are not discarded, the tires are used as fuel in the production processes as in the case of the improperly paneling industry, which consist of burning the tires to generate more heat, this causes air pollution problems than pollutants such as particulate material, gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), inhalation of the result of this process can cause diseases such as metal smoke fever , anemia, lymphocytosis, basophilia, dermatitis, conjunctivitis and cancer.

– We reduce the percentage of carbon in each product by around 1000 Grms.

– We recycle 10 tons of tires per year.

– We generate 6 direct jobs to vulnerable population or householder mothers and 20 indirect jobs to people dedicated to recycling and repairing tires.

What do you dream of happening with your Social Entrepreneurship?

In the year 2021 we will be a leading company in the region in the sector of recycled products, based on innovation, quality, customization and positioning of the Errante brand through the design, manufacture and marketing of eco-friendly accessories, with a fashion concept in alternative materials, building leadership in a new business model, with an extensive network of stores and distributors in Colombia and abroad.