The Slippers Story
“The key of your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don’t. If you keep saying your slippers aren’t yours, then you’ll die searching, you’ll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny.” – Abraham Verghese.
What makes a couple of slippers special? Is it the color or perhaps the brand? As lovely the color or the brand is, we believe that what truly makes our Greenhost slippers special is the value behind that pair or slippers.
If you’ve stayed with us, you probably have noticed our slippers that you can find in front of the bathroom. We provide them as a part of our effort to make your stay at Greenhost more comfortable, and more eco-friendly. They may not look so special, but they do have special story behind them.
What differentiates our slippers is that they are a handmade from recycled products. Back in Mojolaban, Sukoharjo, Central Java, Agus Santoso and his family make these slippers using gunnny sack and drab as the main fabric. Years ago, drab was used only to package flour, sugar or rice. But now, we can find drab as a part of textile industries in Indonesia.
Basically, drab is made from lightweight cotton and therefore it’s easy to transform it into various products. Drab is also very safe to use because it’s natural and it can be used repeatedly. Both gunny sack and drab are very environmentally friendly too!
When you put on our slippers, you can also feel mother’s warmth inside our slippers. And that is because most of the makers are the women in Agus’s family and his neighbours. They are the ones who make the pattern and sew the slippers together. Through a community effort, recycled process, and good will from Agus and his family, we can enjoy the comfort of the slippers at our hotel.
We certainly hope that if you have enjoyed our slippers, you’ll help support Agus and his family by supporting our sustainability efforts. And if you haven’t had the pleasure of trying our slippers, do come and stay with us for your next visit to Yogya!