15 August, 2016 at 6:26 pm
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:
image credit: http://ewasteguide.info/location/south_africa
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.
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!
13 January, 2016 at 12:02 pm in Press
We made an appearance in Mail on Sunday in London. Gold seems to be the trend this month. W
What are your thoughts?
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!
13 October, 2015 at 2:44 pm
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
STEP THREE: 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
5 October, 2015 at 10:30 am in Press
We’ve been featured in The Saturday Star Independent Home supplement.
29 September, 2015 at 3:27 pm
Upcycling. Recycling. We’ve heard these words often, but do we know what they mean?
Recycling. We know this is when we take something that we might have discarded as waste, and putting it back into “the cycle” to reuse. Recycled plastic. Recycled paper. However in the case of recycling the materials undergo a physical change to become something useful again – and most times this is done at a chemical plant.
Upcycling. This is when useless products are processed and worked on to become better quality or have a higher environmental value. Usually this means the original item is not degraded or destroyed to achieve a new function.
While we do recycle at REcreate, both at home and at the studio, the work that we do and our products that we product fall under “upcycling”. We love how the great people at Intercongreen explain the differences and also why upcycling plays an important role in our world of “green”.
Leave us a comment on how you recycle and upcycle at home.
Here at Recreate, we try to get out and get inspired as much as we can… This week we went for a stroll in and around Cape Town CBD, saw a few things, collected some stuff and went and had a bit of fun with it in the workshop. Sometimes inspiration is just outside your front door… Go find your inspiration!
The new local fabrics we have discovered this year have made us more excited than ever to grow our collection of locally designed and printed fabrics.
Some of the collections on display at our studio include Maradadhi, Fabric Nation and Design Team. All the fabrics are designed and printed locally, ranging from R250 to R600 per metre
All of the fabrics are suitable for upholstery, cushions, blinds and soft furnishings. Chat to us about using them in your home.