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2022/03/16 12:30:00 "Spin the Hope, Gems from Waste," sampai makes a big impact locally to traditional crafts and local business

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  • Posted byManami Miyatake, 4-year student, Department of Global Studies
On March 3rd, the SDGs ACTION AWARDS 2022 was held by The Asahi Shimbun. "sampai" - an organization focused on upcycling and encouraging local craft projects - participated as a finalist. The action award competition included 75 participants and ideas from Japan and 12 ideas were selected as finalists. sampai received the "audience award" which was based on audience votes and feedback. As a co-founder and on behalf of the sampai team, we are greatly honored.
What do we do at "sampai"? Why is sampai important? How does sampai work?
sampai launched on June 14, 2021 during the COVID-19 situation by Ruka Sasaki and me. We are both students in the Department of Global Studies (DGS). Our team also has members from outside the university.

Briefly, sampai designs and creates unique accessories from scraps of traditional craftworks from local businesses around the Nishijin area in Kamigyo ward, Kyoto. Usually, these scraps are put in the trash because they are small, just a piece, a different shape or color and hard to use in products at a studio. That creates a lot of waste. Yet, sampai’s brand is much more than reducing waste and selling upcycled accessories. An important part of our mission is to educate consumers about the craftsmen and traditional craftworks and how hard it is to produce their beautiful products and re-imagine new ones.

sampai tells consumers the story…behind the story of the products. That is, while we sell the products, we make “the behind story” more visible to consumers and add value by telling their unique story on social media. The movement toward knowing the story and buying a product is needed for our daily life to reduce waste, over consumption or fast fashion and, very importantly, to connect the customer more deeply to the product and the community.

We use our global knowledge and a wide variety of skills to better understand and address issues that provide innovative solutions that local craftsmen and communities can use to overcome some of their challenges. We believe and encourage all DGS students to “think globally and act locally” to support their local community with their knowledge, skills and actions. In fact, by embracing a “changemaker” mindset, together there are many contributions we can make to improve the local community and industry as well as live and work more sustainably.

Our Future and Yours
We, the sampai team will keep working to positively impact the Nishijin and local areas with our creativity and knowledge. And, to all students who read this blog, please remember that it is fine to look at foreign issues but also take time and consider carefully issues of national and local importance – including Kyoto city or your hometown. Surely, there are many opportunities to support impactful local, and national issues with your time, talent and global awareness and knowledge. sampai is an example that even during difficult times, such as those created by the Covid 19 restrictions, we can be a bridge between international and local. We can be changemakers.

To Learn more about sampai or contact us…
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sampai.store
Video (Use CC for English subtitles): https://youtu.be/KmyNmqVAPdg
DM or Email: tano.co.creation@gmail.com

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