Handicrafts and recycling in Africa

Recovery and recycling crafts: another form of environmental sanitation.

Between innovations and the environment, recycling in crafts brings working solutions, quality finishes, a new durability of the objects created, the protection of nature, but also allows the improvement of living conditions for a large population.

The creativity of African art workshops is therefore more than ever on the agenda.

Millions of Africans make a living from the sale of beautiful handicrafts and other forms of art. The different materials reused by craftsmen are often plastic, iron, aluminum, flip-flops, materials of animal or plant origin, paper ……… here or elsewhere in Africa and that at a positive impact on their societies. Learning new techniques in crafts and creation, trade, marketing, art and organization of exhibitions can really enable them to produce works that will sell better, in their country as well as abroad.

In Côte d’Ivoire, our C.A.V.A craftsmen are already working on recycling for some, using bottle caps, reused iron, cans and other non-biodegradable metal objects as Métamorphose déco.

who turns them into chairs, small cars, small planes, robots, and other decorative creations, to make furniture, lighting like our craftsman Rien ne se perd, tous se transforme who makes us lamps with everyday objects and recycled loincloths.

Or even other craftsmen who make decorative objects such as paintings in scraps of loincloth, poufs, cushions. You will also find local artisans who sell on the roadsides chairs and other small furniture in recycled plastic which is knotted, glued, truly transformed in all colors.

Bags, pouches, clothes and fashionable accessories in cocoa bags (jute) are in the spotlight at LE creations, which offer us practical, pretty creations, as well as various decorations according to their inspiration, and who really knew , exploit this natural plant material, which has been on the rise for a few years now,

Up-cycled pieces of loincloth to make lampshades, pieces of driftwood, reinvented trunk … The leather is also up-cycled by a single local craftsman Val and Tim,

Tires are also a positive source of recycling in small armchairs, tables, living rooms, laundry basins, etc., with a local craftsman Kazonature and again proves to us that all can be reused and transformed !!!

Elsewhere in Africa;

« In South Africa, where plastic bags imported from China colonize trees and pose risks to livestock, women harvest, others braid, knot, glue, in order to make decorative objects such as chickens and other birds. fun. A significant example and a beautiful effort for the planet.

In Kenya and Ghana, orphan flip-flops are collected from the beaches before being cut into small pellets and assembled like multicolored beads to make timeless objects. thongs discolored by the sun and the salt takes on a patina to offer subtle shades.

In Zimbabwe, contemporary artists assemble sheets and metal by combining them with bolts, screws and other nails, in order to create birds, reptiles… The art of making new with old. And what about these silicone vases, in which metal capsules are embedded? The graphic play of their use will adapt to a modern interior as well as a traditional one. These activities represent a formidable social vector. Produced mostly by women, they can be done at home. « Source DECO.FR

Industrially in the Ivory Coast, we are not lagging behind, we have a plastic brick factory, which has already made it possible to build 9 rooms classes in the interior of the country, and that has only just begun, hence recycling on plastic, which is carried out by 2 large Ivorian companies in the area: COLIBA and RECYPLAST.

For paper and cardboard GRAFICA takes care of recycle your paper and cardboard, to manufacture new cardboard boxes and degradable organic bags …. We have testing laboratories on green products such as green charcoal or green manure, resulting from processed agricultural waste. hui are in an embryonic state, with APFNP (association of producers of natural forests and plantations) and the FAO, which are doing their trials using cotton stems, cocoa pods, rice husks, peanut shells, etc. …

All its Together these efforts bring opportunities for new paths, new jobs, while having an impact on the environment and instilled a new way of consuming.

More than a mode of passage, recycling remains a priority for the environment, in order to better control our waste, our way of consuming, and think together rather than individually.

For Africa, an ecological education, protection of the environment and its fauna is essential for the future. Going through this initiative to create through recycling, and bringing out an essential financial resource, it is a more than positive motivation for the populations, beyond the main idea.

For example Nigeria wants to transform its huge quantities of cassava peels into electricity, in Côte d’Ivoire, it is palm tree residues that will help us to produce electricity, to name only its 2 countries.

Real booster of creations, and many craftsmen, artists, chefs, stylists … have understood this well, and make us discover throughout the world their creativity, the unique African touch, and since now a few years, we hold the top of the podium in ethnic decoration, wax declined more and more in all objects, everyday accessories, and recently, in the kitchen with our local, traditional and often handmade products, or in large gourmet restaurants where our chefs shine with clever, colorful, revisited tastes that are of increasing interest.

Consume local in the world and recycle when possible, Take care of yourself.

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