CICLO ECOPAPEL PROJECT

Meet Yuyú, a private business owner who’s built an eco-friendly enterprise making small batches of paper from recycled material.

Yunairy “Yuyú” Estrada Carpio crafts 60 sheets of paper by hand every day. Her product is comparable to a sheet of A3 printer paper – but the similarities end there. Because Yuyú’s process relies solely on friends, family, and acquaintances to bring her old material in the form of newspapers, telephone books, and cards. From there, she begins the painstaking process of fermenting, pulping, and framing the recycled material, often using only rainwater in each step.

We’ll meet Yuyú at her workshop in Old Havana, learn about the process, and get insight into the challenges, aspirations, and accomplishments of a small business owner in Cuba.