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Talking Garbage


Over the last eight editions of this magazine you have been introduced to the concept that every day waste can be transformed into other things after their initial life cycle. Now it’s time to turn your hand and try out a few funky ways of making new items out of things we thought weren’t that useful after all. Have fun and send us your pictures of what you make. We’ll feature the most creative expressions in the next issue.

Make a scarf holder

We’re getting ready for winter in the southern hemisphere. And boy it get’s cold in Jozi! What better way to pre- pare for the cold season than organise your scarves! Let’s make a DIY scarf holder:

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 2.53.02 PMMaterial needed:

  • –  Wood hanger
  • –  Curtain rings
  • –  Sellotape
  • –  Spray paint
  1. Gather the material together
  2. Take a solid wood hanger
  3. Use big wooden curtain hooks and tape them to the hanger
  4. Use your preferred colour and spray-paint the whole unit!
  5. Hang your scarves and voila!

    You can make more than one for all your scarves. Also, remember this is quick art using normal house-hold items, so no expenses needed!

Recycled T-Shirt Scarf

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 3.00.00 PMThis week’s project is perfect for these autumn-springy days!

What you need:

  • An old ladies t-shirt
  • Scissors
  1. Start by laying the t-shirt on a flat surface
  2. Cut off the top section (just below the armpits)
  3. Start snipping away

This is a really cool project to try. It is cheap and a great way to recycle old t-shirts! Enjoy!

How to make a table using off-cuts

I had a vision of a puzzle and immediately knew I wanted to have that kind of effect. I used free supawood off-cuts from my wood supplier. I also bought mistints from my local paint store. Once primed and painted, I used super-strong glue to mend the pieces and clamped it together overnight. I updated my old table by giving it a lick of paint and place the new top on top! Voila! Another recycled masterpiece! Go on and try it! It is a real conversation piece!Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 3.03.23 PM

Great News

Grabbing the recycling-for-cash opportunity with both hands has transformed Thys Wanyane’s life. He’s gone from running an informal recycling operation to owning a successful business, Wanyane Trading Enterprise in Klerksdorp. Four years ago, Thys Wanyane, now owner of Wanyane Trading Enterprise, also known as ‘Thys Recycling’, started his operation with only one employee. He spent his time cleaning up the local taverns and parks in Jouberton, Klerksdorp.

After entering the Collect-a-Can National School Competition applying to become an agent for them, he has turned his world around and is now a successful business owner. Awesome! Wanyane is grateful for the chance that was granted to him by Collect-a-Can and describes it as one that opened doors for him. “It was an opportunity to clean the environment, grow my business and generate an income”, he explains. Wanyane has big goals for the future of his recycling operation. “In the next five years, I would like to support an employment team of 60 people with my recycling operation and also reach out to more companies to encourage them to recycle their recyclable waste.”

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