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Challenge the ordinary to build a better world

At Senlima we want to motivate new generations to break down their limits, whatever the field, since we believe that a society with brave people, determined to open their minds and challenge the ordinary will be what leads us to build a better world, with real opportunities for all and improve social impact.

For us, the so-called “disability” is, in most cases, an imaginary barrier that we have not yet overcome as a society, but we are convinced that by showing what we are capable of doing at Senlima, we can help change the world.

Therefore, our main commitment and the purpose with which we were born is to manufacture excellent quality products, involving people at risk of social exclusion or with some type of functional diversity in the design and production chain, placing special emphasis on intellectual disabilities since they are the ones that experience the greatest difficulties when it comes to finding employment in today's society for a better social impact.


We create long-term sustainable projects

Although we are faithful defenders of the role of associations in society, in most cases, they only manage to temporarily mitigate the problems they face, so they are usually only a bridge towards finding a solution. .

Our model is based on going one step further, creating a long-term sustainable project. We seek the real integration of these people into society through decent work in which they can fully develop their capabilities, with the responsibilities and complexities of any other person's work.

Thus, we work hand in hand with various associations to use the bridges that they have built and thus create real opportunities and true integration and normalization of people with intellectual functional diversity in the world of work.


Integration of people with functional diversity as a pillar

At Senlima we want to motivate new generations. In this search for social sustainability, we consider that the solution is to create a profitable and autonomous project that allows constant growth that is independent of people's charity.

Our objective is to integrate the greatest possible number of people with functional diversity into an ordinary company, with the aim of normalizing their hiring. Like anyone else, they also have the potential to become the best profile for each job position. Therefore, we base ourselves on their capabilities and not on the characteristics that label them as “different.”

We live in a highly competitive globalized world in which extremely valid profiles are wasted because we do not stop to understand their capabilities. In this world, anyone who has difficulty expressing their talent is at a clear disadvantage in being able to demonstrate their worth. What sets us apart at Senlima is simply the fact that we take the time to discover that talent that each person has.

To achieve this, we work hand in hand with different Special Work Centers (CET) to learn from their know-how when recruiting and training the profiles that we integrate into our production chains. Currently, we work with different centers specialized in handling, clothing and graphic arts, thanks to which we completely develop our sandals, packaging and the customization of our textile products.

We are aware that it is not an easy path, but our natural evolution will be to open ourselves to more projects that demonstrate that for us there are no limits and that barriers are only in the mind.


We are committed to quality and durability

There are countless products that simply by following the current trend of being labeled “eco-friendly” compromise their manufacturing processes, resulting in methods that are more harmful to the environment than those previously established.

An example is the so-called bioplastics that replace petroleum as a base oil with another of plant origin, at the expense of complicating manufacturing processes without avoiding the need to use additives that may harm health and the environment. This practice also encourages in many cases deforestation and the use of extensive monoculture farms to produce single-use items, instead of using that land to feed the population. Furthermore, in many cases and unlike what they usually claim, these products are not biodegradable or compostable since, due to their composition, they are not suitable for feeding other living beings once they degrade.

For this reason, at Senlima we prefer to focus on the quality and durability of what we produce. Although we are committed to choosing the most eco-friendly materials available in constant evolution, these must ensure a minimum of quality and durability so that we can consider them sustainable. We believe that there is no point in constantly polluting to produce single-use goods, despite being made from plant or supposedly recycled materials. For this same reason, we try to ensure that our packaging also has a purpose beyond a good presentation by being able to be reused.


Limited and timeless productions

One of the great challenges of sustainability is to avoid unbridled growth that compromises the future of our society. By creating more durable products, we avoid the need for mass production whose sole purpose is to increase the profit margin, without taking into account the environmental and social cost.

At Senlima we do not believe in fads or large discounts since we consider that this encourages unsustainable consumerism that can only be supplied by mass production. To move away from these trends, we carry out limited and timeless productions, committing ourselves to manufacturing based on real costs that translate into a fair price and for which people are willing to purchase our products at any time of the year, without the need to discounts.


We avoid displacement pollution

Currently the majority of our production is local and we are committed to maintaining this priority, whenever possible. Unfortunately, not all production processes will be completely implementable locally since the resources available at the manufacturing site also depend on this.

However, we are convinced that a product is more sustainable to the extent that it is more local since we avoid the pollution caused by its displacement. What sense would it make to manufacture bamboo-based soles thousands of kilometers away if in our region we can manufacture similar products with excellent quality, controlling the conditions of our workers and optimizing the waste generated?


We escape greenwashing

And most importantly, for a project to be truly sustainable it must be transparent and escape “greenwashing”. The trust placed in us can never be based on information that has been deliberately omitted to improve our image. Only in this way will we be able to continue evolving based on our values.

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