Weaving Our Way To A Sustainable Future

By John Peterson | September 7, 2020

We join forces with a Filipino social enterprise giving a second lease of life to used FedEx workwear.

Have you invested in something vintage or upcycled lately?

As part of our commitment to connecting the world responsibly and sustainably, we’re working with Filipino social enterprise Habi Lifestyle to give new life to our old FedEx Cares volunteer shirts.
The word ‘Habi’ is Filipino for “weave”.

The word ‘Habi’ is Filipino for “weave”.

Habi sustainably repurposes old textiles and garments, producing beautiful, environmentally friendly pouches, cases and other lifestyle items through their Re-Habi initiative.

The enterprise is fully owned and managed by three female social entrepreneurs: Janine Chiong, Paola Savillo, and Bernadee Uy. Together, they guarantee livelihood opportunities for mothers in urban poor communities, empower female artisan weavers in their trade by investing in their continued education, and promote responsible consumption and production by providing wearable solutions.

“We collaborate with corporations to upcycle their materials,“ shares Janine Chiong, General Manager of Habi Lifestyle. “Corporations like FedEx work with us to contribute to provide livelihood to our artisan weavers and enable the cash flow to ensure continuity in our business operations.”
The word ‘Habi’ is Filipino for “weave”.

Volunteerism is in the FedEx DNA

FedEx employees regularly engage in activities to spend time and learnings with the communities where we live and work. We accumulate volunteer shirts from various annual CSR activities and turn them into different lifestyle items as premium corporate gifts for customers. We are proud to create value for our stakeholders – from the local artisan weavers we support to the customers we serve.

For us, upcycling old volunteer shirts helps us close the production loop and ensure that scrap materials remain in use. We recognize the harm that ‘fast fashion’ has brought on.

Collaborating with creative and sustainable enterprises like Habi is a very productive way for us to give back to the environment. We have created opportunities for 30 - 40 local artisan weavers since 2011, and we stand with United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to combat poverty and support sustainable cities and communities.

For FedEx, the project supports not only sustainability but also minority-owned small businesses and women entrepreneurs around the world, which is one way we embrace diversity and inclusion both inside and outside of the company whilst minimizing our environmental footprint.

Interested in learning more about how we’re working to create a more sustainable future? You can visit our LinkedIn page for the latest stories from across the Asia Pacific region.
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About the Author
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John Peterson

Managing Director,
Philippines, FedEx Express

John joined FedEx in 1997 in the Customer Experience Operations division. He has served in various positions in Australia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, and is now based in Manila.

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