Patrick and Chris set out to not only introduce an incredibly fun, all-cotton Frisbee disc alternative to the world, but to also make a difference in their global community. Both of them admittedly have hugged a tree or two in their day and their core values are intrinsic to Pocket Disc. As members of the Fair Trade Federation, Pocket Disc is committed to supporting and improving the lives of the Maya that create these flying works of art. In 2011, we installed water filtration systems in 20 different villages. As a Green Certified Business, we further our mission of environmental ethics through a nearly paperless office environment and by sponsoring and organizing local events like river clean-up days.
On a recent trip to Guatemala, Scott and Patrick met with one of the village leaders, Luis. In his spare time, Luis is building a new work area for the women of his village on top of his home. He explained that “while many of the living conditions here are still not ideal, with the income we receive from Pocket Disc, we are able to provide a much better place for the women to come to work each day. Every year, things keep getting better for our community."
Previously, Luis’ village had relied on making hacky sacks but demand had been decreasing steadily. A friend of Luis’ introduced him to Pocket Disc's main production manager in Guatemala and asked if we could give the village any work. The manager relayed their plea and we readily agreed. Four years later, Luis happily reported that we now employ over 150 artisans in their village for Pocket Disc crocheting.
Then, through a translator, Patrick told them the story of Savanna’s serendipitous doily. Patrick took the doily out of his pocket and handed it to Luis’ wife, Elena, one of the first artisans in the village to make Pocket Discs. Her eyes welled up and she hugged it close to her heart. She said, “Please tell Savanna thank you and how grateful we are for all the jobs that have come from her wonderful creation.”
That in a nutshell is why we do what we do.