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Year End Beach Outing – 2016

Our Recreate team may be small but we are not too young for traditions! Our end of year beach outing has become a much anticipated tradition over the past few years and this December 2016 we had another fantastic day!

On the way to the beach, we stopped off for a coffee and some exploring!20161214_185831

Admire and Michelle20161214_185712

Team Recreate (& Admire’s son) head to the Beach20161214_185904

Mama Gigi & Admire’s son, Bethel, go swimming20161215_095707

Picnic lunch before we go swimming20161215_095804

A happy sleepy team on the way home!20161215_095416

Season Opening Hours


We’re almost at the end of 2016 and this year has flown by!

We wish you all happy holidays!

Our studio hours will be as follows over the festive season. See below:

OPEN – Friday, 16th December  9am – 3pm

OPEN – Saturday, 17th December 9am – 3pm

CLOSED – Saturday, 24th December

CLOSED – Monday, 26th December

CLOSED – Tuesday, 27th December

CLOSED – Saturday, 31st December

CLOSED – Monday, 2nd January

OPEN & BUSINESS AS USUAL – Tuesday, 3rd January 9am – 4:30pm

Good Taste Magazine 2016

Hilary from Good Taste magazine wrote a brilliant article about  South African designers who have taken going green to a new level, and we are one of them! Thanks for the great write up. See the article below.




Upcycled Keyboard Magnets

Have you seen what we create with your EWaste at our Cape Town studio?

Firstly, we source the broken old keyboards from an Ewaste facility that looks something like this:

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After stripping and cleaning the keyboards, we glue a sturdy magnet to each key by hand. Here our magnets are drying overnight:


Next we package and label the keyboard magnets.  Each glass jar contains 1 full keyboard of magnets! Perfect to organise your fridge or office white board.

keyboard magnets label

We are left with these bins of keyboard cases which we then return to the E waste depo.


They are crushed and bundled and remade into plastic used for clothing and toys.


Our glass jars of keyboard magnets are sold in our Cape Town Studio, sold on our website and available from some of Cape Towns quirkiest gift stores.

So now you know the story of our fantastic keyboard magnet jars!

keyboard magnets

Mail on Sunday – London

We made an appearance in Mail on Sunday in London. Gold seems to be the trend this month. W

What are your thoughts?

uk star

Pinterest Boards

So we’re finally REALLY on Pinterest!


We’ve always had an account but never really made the time and effort… but we’re slowly getting the hang of it and want you to be inspired by what inspires us. Follow and pin along if you dare! It’s a bit addictive!

Being “ecofriendly” – Easy as 1,2,3 & A,B,C

right order of reuse reduce recycle

STEP ONE: REDUCE – consider if you really need something or not.

STEP TWO: REUSE – consider buying re-usable or returnable items and packaging. Avoid disposable items. This places importance on ‘eco-procurement’.

Once you have considered how you can reduce and reuse,then look at recycle


Some municipalities offer recycling bags or bins for kerbside collection. Some communities have private businesses that will pick up your recyclables for a fee. But nearly all South African neighbourhoods have an army of informal recyclers working hard to process our waste. Whichever recyclers are collecting from you, give them a hand.

STEP THREE (A): SEPARATE & DECONTAMINATE – valuable paper and corrugated cardboard becomes worthless if dirty. Dirty recyclable materials produce odours in your recycling bin and spoil paper and cardboard. Toss cheesy pizza boxes into the rubbish. Give cans and bottles a quick rinse and leave the lids off since they may be made of a different recyclable material. Vases and drinking glasses belong in the rubbish. They will contaminate the recycling of jars and bottles because they are made from different glass.

STEP THREE (B): ACCUMULATE – recyclables that are heavy or low in value, such as glass or newspapers, may not get collected at the kerbside. They’re still worth recycling, however. Save them up until you have a load to carry to a recycling bank.

STEP THREE (C): LOCATE – use the resources below to find the nearest drop-off locations. MyWaste has locations for a wide variety of recyclables, including unusual items such as car batteries and used cooking oil. For bottles, cans and paper, it may help to check MyWaste in combination with the other websites for those items, since the lists on all websites are often incomplete.

Mpact Recycling paper banks (Click on paper bank)

PETCO, for plastic bottles  (Click on collection points)

Consumer guidelines to healthy cleaning and choosing appropriate cleaning chemicals.

National Recycling Forum

Recycling drop off points

Recycling cans

Recycling glass

Recycling paper

Recycling PET

Recycling plastic

Safer cleaning

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