Banana Peel Flip Flops Showcase PWDs Artworks for a More Inclusive PH
Projects which encourage creativity and inclusiveness are always an inspiration.
I have stumbled upon meeting people from Unilab Foundation some time ago when I attended a workshop on inclusivity for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). After writing a few stories about it, I am always in the loop for their new projects.
This new project in partnership with Banana Peel Flip Flops is one for the books.
Unilab Foundation has tied up with Banana Peel Flip Flops as they showcase artworks of PWD artists and were digitized and used as designs for their new collection with the theme “Explore in Color.”
Dubbed as “Project Inclusion,” the brand’s new designs is a way to spark hope for people with special needs while sending them the message that Banana Peel is not only a flip flops company.
It also serves as an avenue for many to express themselves. In this collaboration, people with special needs (autism, Down syndrome, and the like) are being empowered. This inspires them to unleash their potentials and to know that they are productive citizens of the society and that they are more than their own challenges.
According to Grant Javier, Program Manager of Project Inclusion, cultivating the potentials of PWDs is a win-win situation for all sectors provided that they are given the corresponding understanding and treatment.
“Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) are an untapped resource for businesses and communities—they just need the right conditions. Harnessing their exceptionalities in the workplace is good for the business, good for the organization, and good for the PWDs themselves,” he says.
Since 2013, Project Inclusion is the leading initiative for championing PWDs, with over 124 gainful employment and commissioned artworks from their artists.
Unilab Foundation adds up to the long list of Banana Peel’s partners. For years, the company has built ties with the Department of Tourism, WWF-Philippines, and the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation. Banana Peel has always been consistent in their goal of building relations for the development and protection of the environment as well as encouraging inclusivity and creativeness.
While we’re counting the days ‘till summer time, I encourage you to drop by Banana Peel and check out their new collection. I bet you will get enticed in buying a pair or two. Let’s support our PWDs artist friends and be a step closer to a more inclusive Philippines.
Banana Peel’s “Project Inclusion” edition comes in both ladies’ and men’s collection. For more information, catch Banana Peel on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bananapeelflipflops/ and on Instagram @bananapeelofcl