Reduce Reuse Recycle – Eco-benches and pots made from recycled material, Zimbabwe

Litter collection and recycling has been a major concern in the Zambezi region, and one of the biggest Eco-Club topics for the past four years. This term was no exception with the theme being Reduce, Reuse Recycle and one of the projects was the building of an Eco-Bench in each school using recycled material. Every Eco-Club embraced the idea and went all out to create their masterpieces in each school yard.

Since the first Women Empowerment Programme seven years ago, the ladies in the Adult Eco Club at Mpindo Primary have been recycling plastic bags turning them into useful articles, like hats, skipping ropes, hand bags and sleeping mats which they then sell. The ladies in this group have gone a step further and are now recycling aluminium cool drink cans which they collect. Wilderness Safaris have also assisted by delivering their used cans to the ladies instead of to the dump. These are melted down and the aluminium is poured into moulds to create the three legged cooking pots that are greatly valued in communities. Not only are these ladies keeping their community clean and litter free, they are also providing an affordable service and generating an income.

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