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WHEN LOOKING AT INDONESIA'S URBAN JUNKYARDS,

WE SEE OPPORTUNITY AND HOPE.


TOPIKU MEANS "MY HAT" IN INDONESIAN.

In 2014, while working at a non-profit in his home country of Indonesia, Topiku founder Monty Hasan was given the opportunity to visit local villages and meet with artisans who crafted bags from upcycled materials. This inspired him to create Topiku.

Our signature five-panel hats are each handcrafted from upcycled and recycled waste materials, salvaged from landfills, that would otherwise add to Indonesia’s ever-growing problem of waste management.

 
 

WE CREATE ONE-OF-A-KIND HATS THAT TELL OUR THREE-PART MISSION OF SUSTAINABILITY:

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

With each product, we carefully evaluate appropriate alternative material sources. Buckets are salvaged from landfills and recycled into brims. Leather scraps are collected from local businesses and then recut into patches and straps. Fabrics are upcycled directly from garment manufacturers' leftover textiles. This process allows us to divert material from ending up in landfills.

By encouraging manufacturers to reuse waste materials, they can begin to reevaluate what waste truly is. To further cement our impact, we sponsor health insurance for trash pickers and fund waste management education programs through our partner Waste4Change.

ARTISAN EMPOWERMENT

We utilize fair-trade craft rather than "sweatshop" garment factories commonly employed by fast-fashion brands across the world by collaborating with local home industries in the village of Cigondewah in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Home industries allow men and women to work from the comfort of their own home, participate in a closely-knit community, and provide them a platform to share their craft through their specialized skills.

Our community of hat-makers are the only employer of women in the Desa Rahayu neighborhood in Cigondewah, and we pay a premium for each hat made.

Our commitment to industrial ecology will form the basis for long-term sustainable environmental, social, and economic growth in these developing communities.

CULTURAL HERITAGE

Batik is a unique Indonesian wax-dyeing art form that has been practiced for centuries. We buy excess batik cuts from manufacturers that otherwise would have been disposed of, incorporating them into our hats. By doing so, we hope to share the beauty of this traditional art form as well as promote cultural story-telling patterns that add more meaning to each hat.

THE PROBLEM

 
 
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80 BILLION SQUARE METERS OF excess FABRIC ARE SENT TO LANDFILLS EACH YEAR.

Unless a product is designed for zero-waste production, it is impossible to avoid cutting scraps. The larger the quantity of apparel produced, the larger the amount of leftover textile waste that is sent to landfills. Each year, the amount of underutilized fabrics sent to landfill will continue to grow unless we begin to reevaluate what "waste" actually is.

Source: Reverse Resources


60 MILLION WORKERS ARE EMPLOYED IN THE GARMENT INDUSTRY.

Do you know how your product was made? Where did it come from? Who made it? Did you know that 80% of the garment industry workforce is composed of women between the ages of 18-35. As one of the world's largest industries, the garment sector consistently exploits cheap labor and violates human rights in many developing countries across the globe.

Source: Fashion United

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN.

Making environmental change possible takes a village.

By involving ethically-employed home industries in our supply chain, we can begin to change the landscape of production in Indonesia from the ground up. By teaching and working with one another, we can continue to explore new ways to reuse materials and transform them into new products, reducing the amount of waste these communities send to landfills.

We can't do it on our own. In 2016, our Kickstarter community helped us raise $20,990! 

To our global community from all around the world: we are proud to work together with you on our journey to save our planet and promote sustainable growth in Indonesian communities.