Esteli – Stationery
How It's Made
2 lbs of recycled paper and 2 lbs of plant-based waste (banana stalks, corn husks, coconut shells) are combined with water in an old mixer. The mixture is put into a large cement sink where they submerge a screen, which they made, into the mixture. The sheet is removed from the screen, sponged off, then placed into a press that can hold up to 100 sheets of paper and left for an hour. Those sheets of paper are placed onto a board and left in the sun for 3 hours during the dry season or up to 4 days during the rainy season. Once the paper is dry, the women come together and artfully craft the paper into beautiful greeting cards, journals, and gift bags.