The drinking glasses, carafes and vases are made from upcycled empty wine bottles, a waste product from the tourism industry of Zanzibar. Zanzibar is a beautiful but very poor island in Tanzania and attracts a substantial number of tourists every year. Unfortunately, the island lacks a waste management program and litter from tourists end up in landfill or in the sea. Giving a second life to empty wine bottles by upcycling them, contributes to waste reduction and raises the environmental awareness of the local population.

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By reusing wine bottles, we do not only avoid the negative effect on biodiversity when it ends up in landfills or in the sea; It is also a very environmentally friendly way of producing glassware.

Compared to producing new glass, 1 kg of upcycled glass saves:

  • 1.2 kg of raw materials
  • 0.105 kg of fuel
  • 0.9 kg of CO2 emission

The entire sourcing & production process is executed by hand with the support of simple traditional tools. This process creates more job opportunities and income for people in the rural communities where the unemployment and poverty rate is high.

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