FOLKUS packages the sustainable practices of Black folk with innovative material science and manufacturing.
FOLKUS products are a medium to
tell a story, to transfer knowledge and to write a new chapter on sustainability. FOLKUS represents the lived experience and contributions of Black folk across an array of domains and aims to expand how we celebrate, cope and connect through Black culture and environmental stewardship
Many eco-friendly products are smoke and mirrors – inferior quality, expensive, ugly and barely move the needle toward sustainability.
Sustainable products need a hero. FOLKUS is that hero designing beautiful, multipurpose, durable, sustainable goods inspired by the ways and means of Black folk.
Our Design Philosophy and Values
My connection to sustainability was
fostered by my grandparents.
My grandparents had a gift for reimagining and transforming ordinary goods. Nothing went to waste; they were life-giving folk. For my grandparents sustainable living yielded mindful consumption, minimal waste, low environmental impact.
Paper is the leading single use disposable product and its production process is trash. Deforestation, ecosystem depletion, pollution and immense water usage are required to manufacture traditional paper originating from trees. I took a page out of the playbook of my grandparents and decided to reimagine paper.
The goals -- make paper manufacturing climate-friendly and make paper a "durable good".