Plastic Bottles Are Not Trash: South Africans turn waste into a business opportunity

This is a short video about recycling in South Africa, focusing on waste management as a business, education and of course the environmental and social benefits recycling old materials. The film shows that recycling and reuse can be profitable for the whole community.

As seen on Infrastructure News

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Around the World in 80 Chairs: Crochet Stool, Cape Town – South Africa

Handmade knitted crochet stool made by Heartworks in Cape Town, South Africa.

Around the World in 80 Chairs: Chair with plastic foot in Cape Town, South Africa.

Chair with plastic foot by ReCreate in Cape Town, South Africa.

Vintage South Africa – Milnerton Market

I have just returned from my trip to South Africa. I spent several weeks in Cape Town and I went to some great flea markets while I was there.
I particularly enjoyed strolling through ‘Milnerton Market’ which had a great mix of antiques and African tribal art.
The market is set up in a car park opposite the Biscuit Mill with stunning views of Table Mountain. It mainly consists of people selling their goods from their cars or small makeshift stalls. People were selling pieces of African art and various other things such as furniture, antique china, crockery, cutlery, tools, books and other interesting junk.
I met some interesting characters at the Milnerton Market, I Russian guy named Igor who sold nice antique bits and pieces.
The market offers an eclectic mix of antique and modern furniture and crafts from various different cultures within South Africa, which reflects the diverse make up of Cape Town itself.
Anton Kotze -‘the book man’ who sells books he finds and saves from being pulped.  The books are for sale on his old benz he parks at the market along with some African tribal art.  
He made a film called ‘Safari Obscura‘ – safari is Swahili for ‘journey’ and obscura comes from the camera obscura. The film addresses the relationship between African tribal art and humans.
Unlike a lot of Western art, African tribal art is functional and is made to be used. Anton travels across Africa to explore how art fits in with royalty and society, all the way from the beginnings of prehistoric cave paintings to 20th century.

Chandeliers from the Cape Peninsula

While visiting South Africa I came across some beautiful art and design projects, I was particularly struck by the chandeliers created by Riaan Chambers.

He produces unique, innovative and beautiful chandeliers fashioned from recycled glass, crystals, shells, horn and any object that takes his fancy.

The style ranges from Romantic to the ultra chic and I am amazed by the sheer volume of his work.

The variety is also enormous. Some incorporate vibrant colours lit up in the form of a long dangling glass chandelier, while others are more elegant and minimalist with a simple white finish.

There are also numerous smaller mobile pieces that incorporate shells and other organic materials.

Others are a combination, but the different shapes and sizes allows his work to fit into very different surroundings according to the particular style.

He predominantly uses recycled materials such as glass taken from old windscreens.

These magnificent pieces have a strong effect on their surroundings, setting the mood for a space. Their impact can often be somewhat overwhelming.

The colours and the materials combined with the size makes his work very impressive.

His chandeliers are displayed in commercial buildings, restaurants, hotels, as well as in residential properties.