What if glass waste becomes a valuable asset

What if glass waste on Zanzibar becomes a valuable asset

StoneCycling travelled together with various renowned designers to Zanzibar, to study glass waste streams on the Island and come up with sustainable solutions. 

Improvised glass cutter form made from an old toasting machine

Improvised glass cutter form made from an old toasting machine

On Zanzibar, tourists have become an important source of income, as well as (glass) waste. The island is not yet equipped to process all this glass waste, which means the glass makes its way into the natural surroundings. What if the tourism that caused the waste, could also contribute to processing it?

During the upcoming Dutch Design Week bottle-up will launch its first results during: seven products made out of the glass waste. Six young Dutch designers travelled to Zanzibar and worked with local craftsmen to translate glass waste into a first series of products. Offering these products to tourists on the island completes the circle: the waste caused by tourism is transformed into valuable up-cycle products, whereby the tourists effectively finance the next step: the development of construction materials made from glass waste. 

This means two you now have at least two reasons to come to the Dutch Design Week  (17 - 24 oct); the Bottle-up project and StoneCycling as part of the Circular Factory. 

More info:

Bottle-up: check it out here
Circular Factory: check it out here and schedule an appointment for a private tour here