Creative Waste: 365ideas4change Number 44

Waste is such a relative term. “One man’s waste is another man’s treasure”, “waste not want not” and all that. The concept of waste in the sustainability field is anathema. I did some ‘Googling’ when thinking about this, and was astounded by how much so many people (individuals and organisations) are doing with so-called waste. Its thoroughly inspiring.

In South Africa, where jobs are so scarce and far too many live in abject poverty, what can we do to “upcycle” the stuff we don’t want anymore (pause – do I love or not love that sustainability is getting its own hip jargon?). We’re not going to shift the consumptive culture overnight, so lets at least re-consume in the meantime.

Below are just some of the pictures and links that I found in a few minutes online. Some of them are engineered for the wealthy marketplace, but the ideas are priceless.


Recycled plumbing light




























About Julie Courtnage

With training in environmental science, I facilitate 'naked conversations' about sustainable wellbeing. Using facilitation techniques, systems thinking, art, music, writing, movement and photography, we explore the active creation of our uniqueness - personal and collective, as individuals, organisations and society - and our relationships with others, with sustainable wellbeing, and with genuine happiness. This journey of creation is a journey of Love. And fun.
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