Atelierul de Pânză (The Linen Workshop) is a project of the non-profit organization ViitorPlus Association for Sustainable Development, organized in the legal form of a LLC. The Atelierul de Pânză (The Linen Workshop) started its activity in 2009, with 3 beneficiaries and a specialized employee (for training the beneficiaries and organizing the production). Since 2014, the Atelierul de Pânză (The Linen Workshop) has the status of a protected unit, which means that a large part of its staff is made up of people with disabilities. At present, out of a total of 15 employees, 11 are people with disabilities who benefit from a decent and stable job.
During the workshop, people with disabilities are recruited through job postings published on OLX or Publi24 platforms, BestJobs, eJobs and through DGASPC. Also, the beneficiaries have the possibility to address directly to the enterprise, through the contact form on the web page www.atelieruldepanza.ro.
The insertion process implemented by Atelierul de Pânză (The Linen Workshop) focuses on the principle of equal opportunities for all employees, creating a stable and inclusive working environment, promoting the fact that both people with disabilities and those without disabilities can work in cohesion, they can be just as productive and represent important team members. The company offers stable jobs, a salary package 75% above the minimum wage in the economy and a working environment that promotes the participation of all members of the company in the impact decisions of the organization.
In terms of economic activity, Atelierul de Pânză (The Linen Workshop) aims to reduce the consumption of plastic bags and offers consumers an alternative to them – cotton bags. Thus, the workshop makes reusable products with a long life: bags or accessories made of 100% cotton fabric, as well as accessories made of scrap material.
Moreover, Atelierul de Pânză (The Linen Workshop) aims to be a promoter of the circular economy using textile waste as a raw material in the production process – the Puzzletex product line. The company currently operates three production lines:
- bags / sacks / accessories made of 100% natural cotton fabric;
- accessories made of scrap material (promoting the circular economy);
- reusable textile masks;
The main challenges of Atelierul de Pânză (The Linen Workshop) in 2021 are managing the COVID-19 pandemic context and the low interest rate for employment among people with disabilities (also in a pandemic context).
Contact details Atelierul de Pânză (The Linen Workshop) – ViitorPlus Association for Sustainable Development