In an industrial economy that is none too kind to craft labor, its exciting to see a growing number of design companies beginning to prioritize social responsibility in their manufacturing and labor practices. Among the most inspiring is Artecnica, the L.A. based design firm that produces some of our favorite Tord Boontje and Hella Jongerius houseware designs. The Design with a Conscience project has partnered with Aid to Artisans and various celebrity designers to produce designs that are simultaneously sustainable, socially conscious and even affordable.

Our friend Leonora over at Treehugger recently published a fascinating interview with Tahmineh Javanbakht, the co-founder and art director of Artecnica. In it Jabanbakht discusses the trials and successes of setting up design co-ops in impoverished areas of Latin America. Its an inspiring read – check it out here >

+ Treehugger Interview: Artecnica