Fui Reciclado is a studio and design store specialized in recycled accessories made by more than fourteen local craftsmen. All craftsmen share the same conscientious, environmentally friendly and fair trade philosophy.
Fui was initiated in 2008, by Antonio Portilla and Takashi Hirakawa. When they met, they came up with the idea to combine recycling and social welfare projects. The team has expanded over time and now includes ecologists and industrial designers, who all brought their knowledge into the project and products. So did biologist Ana Maria Troya and industrial designer Jaime Andres Navarrete, who identified leftover materials in landfills in the Metropolitan District of Quito. Nowadays these recovered materials such as advertising tarpaulins, rubber tires, glass, metal, paper, wood, silver and so on, form the basis of the products in the store. The products on sale vary from clothes and jewelry to decoration and furniture.
The first product Mercadito, a shopping bag, was initially made by a group of female inmates in the Inca Rehabilitation Center in Quito. Unfortunately, this work has stopped due to a restructuring of the center and Fui had to rethink the way of producing the bags. Today, Fui offers employment to local craftsmen who produce the existing designs and help to develop new products.
When you’re finished shopping for recycled and local community supported accessories, you can enjoy a drink at the in-house Café Botanica. Fui decorated the café with their furniture, made of recycled materials.