Artisanal Paper with Purpose
Points of Interest
- Cultural Experience
Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.
What you will visit:
RePapel, Recycled Paper & Crafts Entrepreneurship
Founded in 1998, RePapel is a cooperative for recycling paper and crafts, located in the small village of El Javillar. It began as a way to teach recycling to the community but burgeoned into a women run organization that is in partnership with the IDDI (the Dominican Institute for Integral Development). Here, old office paper and other recyclables are repurposed into beautiful paper products and crafts. There are several work stations where you can engage in DIY activities such as jewelry and candle making, sewing, and recycling colored paper into usable stationery and art. Volunteers are an integral part of the organization, assisting with English-language skills and helping the women sell their products more effectively. Your contribution to the production process also helps the organization increase sales and thrive within the community.
What you will see along the way:
The RePapel cooperative is nestled in the village of El Javillar. Travel from port toward Puerto Plata, then turn off the main road to this tiny, native community.
At the end of your day at RePapel, take a moment to peruse the variety of handmade crafts the Dominican women have created. The brightly colored coasters, candles, paper cards and jewelry make lovely souvenirs. Please bring cash; both American and Dominican money is accepted.
Special Notes:Minimum age to participate is 8 years old. Wear comfortable shoes.
Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.