Archive for the ‘Upcycled For A Cause’ Category

Upcycled for a Cause: Kustawi Handbags

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Kustawi ProjectIn Swahili, the language spoken in Kenya, Kustawi means, “to thrive”.  KUSTAWI is a line of handbags made from hand rolled paper beads which are skillfully created by the students in Right 2 Thrive’s Empowerment Program.

The paper beads are made from readily available recycled paper products such as, magazines, posters and calendars.  The class and materials are offered to the students for free, providing community members an opportunity to learn a skill. Students are paid a fair wage for their product, enabling them to earn money to support themselves and their families.

KUSTAWI bags are currently on display in the RJM showroom in New York City.  See more on Facebook.

 

Upcycled For A Cause: Coke Earrings

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Coke EaringsOn many mornings in Aqaba, ladies could be singing, laughing, talking, and drinking tea while creating unique hand made items…from trash. The passer by would never imagine the path these ladies have taken to get to the center each day- divorced, orphaned, widowed, or married to a man who already has many wives, many struggling to pay for basic needs. Amidst the rubble, these ladies arrive with dignity each day, empowered to craft items to provide for the needs of themselves and their family.

Green Creations started in December of 2009 as a World Associates project to train individuals to use recycled materials to create income generating products such as beads, jewelry, bags, bowls, purses, baskets and more.  These items are marketed and sold to the tourist market in Aqaba and in a variety of venues in the United States.

Read more at greencreations

Upcycled for a Cause: Bunker Gear Wallets

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Upcycled Global: Dress a Girl Around The World Pillowcase Dress

Friday, February 17th, 2012

This is such a cute dress, and such a great cause.

Pattern and detailed tutorial included.  Found it at littlegirlstudio

Upcycled Global: Clean The World

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Clean the World Foundation, Inc. was founded in February 2009 and has a two-part mission:

1. Collect and recycle soap and shampoo products discarded by the hospitality industry every day.

2. Through the distribution of these and other donated hygiene products to impoverished people, prevent the millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses every day.

Since its inception, Clean the World has been steadily increasing its services and operations to accommodate rapidly expanding community needs, awareness and donations, and has accepted in-kind donations of more than $1,000,000.  In the process, Clean the World has put over 9.5 million soap bars and 200,000 pounds of shampoo and conditioner back into human use, simultaneously eliminating over 600 tons of waste.

Please take time to read more about this amazing organization at cleantheworld  or visit them on Facebook.

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