The Ugandan bead project ‘aber beads‘ allows women to engage in enterprise and business activities. Aber means beautiful in Acholi, a tribe from the war ravaged north of Uganda. The beads are made from recycled paper which is twisted wrapped for extra strength.
“The pages of recycled magazines are cut into triangles & then rolled into beads. They are coated with a non toxic, odourless varnish which gives them a water resistant & glossy finish as well as protecting them from fading. Create unique, social & ethical gorgeous jewels such as necklaces, earrings & bracelets.” (taken from the Etelage blog)
These paper bowls are also really pretty and are surprisingly sturdy too. The aber project mainly supports women affected by war and/or by HIV and AIDS. The initiative aims to give these women a sense of empowerment and freedom in creating their own goods while promoting sustainability.