Monthal Playful

Monthal Playful: Patchwork Puppets - Textile Waste

Nova Friburgo, BrazilBom Jardim, Brazil
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

1. Reuse of waste from the confection industry. 2. Thousands of tons no longer being discarded improperly. 3. Children with higher quality and interactivity in teaching. 4. Theatrical presentations with educational basis.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if all children, even the poorest. Could have fun and learn at the same time.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Waste Textil generated in the Clothing Industry. By studying a small company in the region with an average 30 employees, we note for one year the disposal of 1 ton of fabric scraps. These flaps that were thrown directly into a sanitary landfill. The single of the municipality and not receiving proper treatment.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Create educational puppets with waste fabric. Less waste in the environment. And with interactivity education in public schools. We note that the schools that received the puppets advantage within the classroom to support the teacher's teaching. Made educational Amphitheatre and have extended this research community. The first presentation was about the problem of ``dengue`` today. was interesting for the students and the surrounding community. For children received through the instructions on how to prevent this epidemic.


Firjan Sustainability Awards
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

It makes a difference when a child arrives at school had enough of being every day the same thing '' and chalk '' and has a new material to work with . It makes a difference to a teacher who can no longer hold the attention of students and can in this way through the puppets convey a message in a fun and relaxed manner during class. It makes a difference when a parent comes home from Monthal company and says that his son gave a lecture on '' environmental awareness '' because at school they made a puppet theater . It makes a difference when we look at garbage company later in the day and we see that the amount of waste has decreased dramatically . It makes a difference for the country to have children to think , create and are multiplying .

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Waste of synthetic fabric take 60-100 years to decompose in nature. Can cause clogging of drains and water courses. Can cause slip in sanitary landfills. Many synthetic fabrics when they are isinerados release, environmentally harmful toxic gases and the people of the region. In a small business are played on average 1 ton of waste per year in the trash.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

In 5 or 10 years, we intend to be able to have a team trained in the making of puppets and a team of actors who can manipulate, and can thus create small traveling theater by schools in the state of rio de janeiro. We intend to achieve this voluntary work through marketing and distribution in the region. Apart from door to door awareness that this work will generate.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

From this feature of the project Unilever gained visibility through marketing. With this visibility as we seek new large companies for sponsoring the project. In exchange for this sponsorship, lectures will be made ​​at participating businesses on concervação nature, thea using puppets and will be awarded the Seal of collaborator.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Some companies in the world make recycling fabric however for the most part and only intended for the trash or in the manufacture of cleaning rags.

Founding Story

This project arose from the need to end the waste generated by making clothes that work. And through study, I was able to find a solution to achieve the greatest influencers through community that we have, we are children, our children. humorously saw on TV that some puppet characters had good influence on this public. Besides encourages imaginary child. For a puppet is a very interactive toy. Unlike current video games.. My project aims at a glance - bring fun for children - in a way that encourages them to know - Take a positive message for parents - involves volunteering in the region - without relying on the government - free and freedom.


So based on TV shows like Sesame Street and The Muppets. I decided to develop something that could reach one of the biggest trendsetters in the world, who are the children. Something Cool, Funny, Educational and Politically Correct.
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

Mobilizing Changemakers da Ashoka no Brasil

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Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

Decent Work and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

I know of no previous initiative with the same focus of the project is not profitable basis.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

Now has the team already produces for Monthal being the mastermind Felipe de Souza and the basic components of a preparation industry . Cutters, seamstresses and arrem baler . This project presents another differential that is to value those who produce each dolls. All the puppets take on its label the name of who produced it directly , ie , has a puppet Thereza , one Nubia, the idea is to enhance the staff and the children call the puppets by name.

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