Saharan Refugees Recycle Plastic Bottles Into Amazing “Gold” Jewelry

Florie Salnot, Royal College of Art, Sahara, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, recycled plastic bottles, recycled jewelry, upcycled jewelry, eco-friendly jewelry, sustainable jewelry, recycled fashion, upcycled fashion


The low-cost, low-energy production process requires only hot sand, a “nail board,” and paint. First, artisans carefully paint plastic bottles the desired color and allow them to dry. The colored bottles are then cut into long, thin strips and woven around intricately arranged nails that have been hammered into a wooden board. Once the strips are secure, the board is submerged in hot sand, which shrinks the plastic around the nail board’s pattern. When they are finally removed, the plastic strips have transformed into delicate, labyrinthine designs that are ready for sale.

These stunning pieces prove that upcycling can be synonymous with sophisticated and inspired artisanal work.

Salnot’s efforts have the potential to reshape a struggling community by giving them the tools they need to attain economic self-sufficiency. Her fusion of high fashion with altruistic aims, sustainable sourcing, and low-cost manufacturing embody the “triple bottom line” ethos of people, planet, and profits to the fullest.

These stunning pieces prove that upcycling can be synonymous with sophisticated and inspired artisanal work that challenges our perception of waste.

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4 Responses to “Saharan Refugees Recycle Plastic Bottles Into Amazing “Gold” Jewelry”

  1. xinia says:

    es facinante este desarrollo se que van a lograr todos los objetivos

  2. jackieashton says:

    beautiful through every step of the process, from design production to delivery. can you buy the jewelry from the project somewhere?

  3. sanne says:

    yes, where to buy – it looks great!!

  4. cpc says:

    This is absolutely stunning! I’d love to know when it becomes available for purchase.

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