Recycling fashion

Eclastic is going from strength to strength. I am still in the process to find a good and steady market for my jewellery, made from recycled products. When I reach that goal I will be able to employ women on a permanent base.

I need publicity, people need to know what I have on offer. 

I met Chloe, a woman who produces wonderful hats. We were sharing a stand at the High Tea fashion show at Zen Garden in Nairobi. A super place where the wealthy and  fashionable meet. At least that’s how I experienced it.   

I loved Chloe’s hats and like a little girl tried them all and thought I looked funky. Chloe is the milliner behind Drop of a Hat, her company. She is young and talented and I admire what she creates. We had a good time and discussed creating a collection together.  Over tea and chocolate cookies we discussed hats with my decorations. 

Check out the Eco Hats collection….

I love it!

For more hats check Chloe’s website Drop of a hat

Share if you care!


Teaching is an art

After many months, I have finally time to write about the workshop at Olmalaika home this past September.

As usual, the night before a workshop I never sleep. I always think too much. What if they don’t like it? What if they don’t follow? What if I am not able to express myself…etc etc etc (see article on the previous workshop with Maasai Ladies).

I had prepared samples to show, tools, colors, pliers, candles, dvds and of course plastic bottles.

Sekenani is a bit far from Little Mara Bush Camp, so, to avoid to get lost as usual I’ve decided to go with John Lenkume, our Naturalist Maasai and absolutely fun and Kipande, our mechanic.

The camp and the guests were now in Nelson’s hands, my trusted assistant and friend.

I drive.

The drive to Olmalaika home from Olkiombo takes around 2 hrs. On my way there I saw elephants, Giraffes, thousand of wildebeest, gazelles and Hyenas.

I could stay hours watching animals and I love Maasai Mara.

My colleagues were impressed, I can actually drive a 4×4 landcruiser in a rough road and I am a WOMAN! wow, what a surprise for them.

I arrived around 10 am as promised. The girls were all busy doing their daily duties. I went on the back of the house to plant 2 trees on behalf of our guests. A small cow inside the compound was looking at me. I NEED to touch that cow. No luck unfortunately, he ran away.

With the Matron, we unpacked all I had, included a bag full of goodies from Connie, one of our guest. T-shirts, socks, bags, pencils got equally distributed among the girls.

For some reason I find really difficult to understand when they liked something or not. This feeling followed me the whole day.

It is time to start. OIOIOIOIOI there are so many girls compared to the previous workshop. Panic mood mode on.

My voice was extremely shaky and low…but it didn’t matter to them. I could see the girls all sitting around the table with the curious eyes looking at all my tools and plastics on the table.

The plan was to create a napkin holder with plastic bottles flowers.

While I started to cut the plastic I felt they were not interested very much and my heart was really sad.

It was only when they saw the finished flower that the enthusiasm appeared in their faces. I did my best to explain how to cut and manipulate the plastic bottles, some of them were extremely talented, some a bit less, but everyone put a lot of effort.

Still, I could not understand if they were enjoying it or not.

While the big girls were involved in the napkin holder project, the young one went for the first time ever on a game drive with Kipande and John.

I saw somebody carrying in the car a young girl with no feet. Kim mentioned her to me. She fell in the fire when she was young and nobody helped her. Do I have to comment that?

Lunch time arrived faster than expected and I know it was going to be a problem. I do not eat onion and in this planet onion is everywhere!!! I got away with some white rice.

Their hospitality was great and all the girls are really sweet.

I finally realised how happy they were when they refused to go on a game drive to do more flowers. This was a big satisfaction. They also did some plastic flowers necklace that they were proudly wearing.

The young girls back from the game drive were extremely happy.

Is there anything else in this life more precious that a happy smile of a child who has been through hell?

It is time to go back but we still have time for the last game drive with the big girls. We saw lions, cheetah, gazelles and buffaloes. Outside the reserve they were singing. They looked totally different from before. I saw them not like little girls ready to learn something new, I saw them as women, with feelings, dreams and a future full of hope.

If you don’t know who these girls are, please take your time to read their website

After few photos together and lot of smiles I got in the car and drove back.

Let me tell you something about that….

I was tired and I had headache, but my colleagues had driven the girls around the whole day so I didn’t feel like make Kipande drive again (forget John..he doesn’t have a driver’s licence).

The only thought I had in mind was to go back at the camp, have a hot shower in my tent and go to sleep.

I’ve asked: which way should I go? John said: Let’s take the simba route, it’s faster and better.

I agreed, without suspecting what was expecting me…

The Simba route is an horrible very long way to go back. I don’t know which criteria John has used to classify this route as “the fastest and better” way but I will never trust his judgement again 🙂

I didn’t see a road for the whole way. Only mud. The vehicle was sliding here and there. I had to cross a river that was obstructed by a broken truck. I thought I was going to destroy the car, got eaten by a lion and fired by the company.

The headache at that point was not an issue anymore. I was swearing in many different languages and John, with the typical Maasai calm told me:- But you are doing well, you can drive very well, you should be happy.

Kipande was giving me the wrong direction to pass the river and I was destroying an acacia tree. Thank God I made it out of that chaos. I feel there is an issue in understanding the difference between right and left in this country…

If John will ever say let’s take a shortcut I will leave him behind with his shortcut.

It was a long and heavy drive and I arrived at the camp almost in the darkness.

At the end we all had a laugh to my driving experience and a good shower and a hot dinner fixed the headache.

I am not totally satisfied with the result of this workshop, to reach the perfection I am looking for, I will have to go back and do some more training. Only when the product will be up to standard the girls will be able to sell what they produce 🙂 I cannot wait to go there again!

Check more photos on facebook!



Tutorial Pretty Bracelet

I have found on the net this pretty tutorial.

What if I replace the blue stone with plastic bottle beads?

This will be my next project 🙂


DIY Blue Stone Bracelet

From Chile meet Dominique and Sergio – Reudiseno


Dominique and Sergio

This week meet Dominique and Sergio from Chile. their website is stunning so are the items that they create from plastic bottles! Read, comment and share!

Where do you come from?

We are from Santiago, Chile, a large country in South America.

When did you start and why?

We start after graduate of industrial designers from university (Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana, UTEM) and we realized that there’s so much material discarded, and we started to investigate about recycle and try techniques and ways to reuse, when we finally choose recycle plastic bottles we came up with our technic of weave.

Is this your main activity?

No, also we are teachers in recycling workshops for other institutions. We are currently teaching recycling of different materials and product development to internal prison near Santiago.

Which plastic do you use?

We use disposable bottles, which are PET plastic, usually soda.

Where do you get the plastic you need?

Our friends, family and neighbors gather bottles for us, we have recycled about thousand bottles

Who are your clients?

They are people who value the handmade and unique objects. On the other hand, also are people who likes recycling and people who ask for products or projects, all made with recycled materials.

Do you work alone or you have somebody that helps you?

We are only us, Sergio and Dominique, we had helpers but usually we are only two.

What do you love? What do you hate?

 Sergio : love: I like new things , laugh, beer , biscuits, spontaneity .

hate : Injustice, abuse, make harm

Dominque: I love to travel, to cook and bake, go to new places and spending time with my love ones, the fresh air and birthdays.

I hate the bad intentions, envy, caos and dirty things and places.

Where do you want to see your activity?

In public spaces, homes, toy stores, hotels.. actually we will like to see it in every places and countries, and have recognizing as decoration and functional pieces made with recycled materials.

Who and what inspires you?

It inspires us to do new things , experimenting with new materials and give a second life to objects. There is much material that can be used, and inspires us to transform it into something new, useful and functional objects, without neglecting the aesthetic factor.

TarucaHow many hours a day do you spend creating your products?

On average 8 hours a day, at least four days a week.

How do you find clients?

Going to events and exhibitions related to what we do, and when we appeared in magazines or television. We also have a showroom where we display our products, and we sell online in decoration shops and art galleries.

 And how do they find you?

They can see us at various fairs and events related to the design and recycling, through our social networking page. We have also emerged in some design and decoration magazines, and on television, so after that we always contact someone new. In addition, our workspace / showroom is in a very tourist district of Santiago (Barrio Bellavista), so they can found us here too.

Where can we buy your products?

 You can write us to

How has this activity changed your life?

Dominique: It made me more aware about environmental subjects, and how we can help to the care of our planet through recycling. I teached recycling to kids in some schools and kindergarden, and now even we are teaching recycle technics in a prison where i have to learn so much about trying with another persons of different years and realities of me. Also, i learn teach and i really enjoy it. Besides, sell something made with your hands is very cool.
Sergio : I checked it was possible to start something without having all the necessary resources, that with time everything is possible, that money is not important , it can be if you will, that the support of nearby it is important to follow when you think you can not and finally , with everything that is thrown can make new objects and do not need to continue generating more waste.

Any advise for people who would like to start something similar?

Dominique : It’s a long way and sometimes difficult , but it is very nice when you realize what you have achieved from what others discarded, see the utility to other objects and give it a second life is fun, plus: all days are different!

Sergio : If you want something, just do it, without putting barriers before starting. Nothing is 100 % right the first time , do not expect that, over time it gets better . Finally , take advantage of their weaknesses or difficulties in solving them appear good ideas and new things.

A message for our readers?

We hope you like our recycling of PET bottle proposal and inspire you to start trying different and new ways of recycling. There are many good materials that are discarded worldwide, we expect you leverage it too and between all help clean up the planet.

Where can we find you online?

In our web page :

In our Facebook page :

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Introducing Diy or Buy!

And today we introduce Kriszta from DIY or BUY. I’ve found her online during one of my research for inspiration and she agreed to answer some of my questions.

I am very happy to see how many people love to recycle. The items she creates are beautiful and all her links deserve to be visited.

Happy reading!

trunkos photo8Where do you come from?

My name is Kriszta Trunkos. I live in Miskolc, Hungary, Middle-Europe.

When did you start and why?

I started recycling plastic bottles in 2011. Before that, I made many crafts. When I was a child my mother and grandmother taught me how to embroider, knit and crochet. Later I began to spin baskets and make flowers from wrinkled paper. Upcycling is a new word but not a new way of making good use of previously used materials . In the late ’80s I had already made several items from my old jeans, like bags and purses. At that time I was a student so I didn‘t have much money. Because of this I tried to sew unique and special accessories for myself. Nowadays people live in prosperity and there are many products on the market. But, many people are wasteful and unaware of the need to take special care of our environment. Although research shows the detrimental effects of waste and pollution on our environment, many of us do nothing to prevent this. With my upcycled items I would like to show people how to use recycled materials in creative new ways! I offer workshops for children and adults who want to learn how to take previously used materials and turn them into unique and special items.

 Is this your main activity?

My main occupation is being a jurist.

 vegyes csavartWhich plastic do you use?

I mainly use the PET bottle as raw material. The first thing I made from a plastic bottle was a flower. A video on YouTube inspired me to try this technique. As we (my family and I) don‘t drink bottled water, I asked my friends to collect PET bottles for me and in return I produced beautiful and unique decorative flowers.

Thanks to recently appeared coloured bottles in the market, it is easier for me to make very colourful and varied items without altering the original colour and – as I see – people are wondering how many types of bottles we have.

Where do you get the plastic you need?

Friends and family collect bottles for me. Also, when I exhibit my products I always create a space where visitors can leave their used bottles.

Virágok együttWho are your clients?

I‘m primarily an artist creating exhibits. On occasion I participate in fairs and other events and I sell my products there. My products are also available online and in February I opened my new Etsy shop.

Do you work alone or you have somebody that helps you?

Mainly I work alone. My younger daughter helps me sometimes.

What do you love? What do you hate?

I love all creative activities, especially those which involve reuse and recycling. By contrast I hate wastefulness, environmental pollution and the lack of knowledge regarding these.

 Where do you want to see your activity?

Everywhere! I truly believe that people will eventually understand that our resources are limited and that we have a responsibility to do what we can to save our planet for future generations. I have hope that some day we will all appreciate the value and significance of 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle)!

 zöldarany1Who and what inspires you?

I‘m inspired by the hope for future generations to have a home on an Earth with abundant natural resources. With an eco-friendly attitude we can turn trash into treasure!

How many hours a day do you spend creating your products?

I create in my spare time. If I am not creating a new product or piece of artwork, then I am often thinking of one.

rsz rózsa háttérrel 1How do you find clients?

Usually the clients find me in their search for eco-friendly products.

And how do they find you?

The best advertising comes from environmentally-conscious people who are wearing my products.   I, too, am wearing several of my products at any given time. At my exhibitions the visitors can learn more about me and my work and are provided with my contact information.

Where can we buy your products?

On my Facebook page, where I introduce all my products. Products can be ordered by posting a message there. There is also a local community which supports local producers, farmers and craftsmen. They sell some of my products. And the newest opportunity is to visit my recently opened Etsy shop.

How has this activity changed your life?

I have been recycling since I was a child, so it‘s not a big lifestyle change for me. It has created an opportunity, though, for me to share this environmentally-conscious craft and service with the rest of the community and to inspire a new eco-friendly lifestyle for others!

P4213252Any advise for people who would like to start something similar?

Start with your immediate environment. Look around in your own homes and you will find many recyclable items. Think creatively before throwing something away. Waste management isn‘t enough to clean our environment.

A message for our readers?

I hope my fun, creative and environmentally responsible upcycling inspires others to do eco-friendly DIY products and gifts. Be inspired and try some creative projects at home! Together we can create a healthier planet!

Where can we find you online?

I have a Facebook page, the name is: DIY or buy

I have chosen this name in order to inspire everybody to try out upcycling instead of throwing things they don‘t need away.

The link of my FB page is:

I opened a shop on Etsy, which can be found here:

You can follow me on Pinterest where you can see my recycled items of course and a lot of other amazing recycled ideas too:

I work on custom order as well that you can request on my FB page.


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Introducing Creazioni Pet (in Italian)

11132078_759185194201121_1744480762_nHo avuto il piacere di incontrare online una deliziosa artista che crea, come me, articoli con le bottiglie di plastica. Conosciamola meglio:

Da dove vieni e dove vivi?
Mi chiamo Margherita Marras, abito a San Gavino M.le, in provincia di Cagliari.

Come si chiama la tua attivita?
La mia attività si chiama “Creazioni Pet”;

Quando hai iniziato e  perché?
– Ho iniziato circa cinque anni fa. Inizialmente è stato un semplice esperimento per me, poi ho scoperto la passione e ho cominciato a sviluppare la portata e la qualità delle mie creazioni.

Che materiali usi?
Utilizzo principalmente il PET (la comune plastica delle bottiglie), così come diversi materiali, anche naturali, che posso reperire dal riciclo;

Dove prendi le tue bottiglie?
Sono una maniaca e tendo a riutilizzare le bottiglie vuote delle bibite che sono di consumo comune, ma sono anche i miei numerosi amici a procurarmi il materiale con cui lavoro, sapendo che ne stanno facendo un buon uso. Vado, inoltre, a ripulire le spiagge del nostro territorio considerato che mi piacciono particolarmente le bottiglie lavorate dalle onde del mare e dalle intemperie;

Hai collaboratori?
Non ho nessun collaboratore, lavoro da sola;

Cosa ami? Cosa odi?
Amo i colori, e odio gli sprechi;

Dove vorresti vedere “Creazioni Pet”?
Mi piacerebbe vedere Crezioni Pet alla Casa Bianca ;

11117869_759184857534488_1791608844_nChi / cosa ispira le tue idee?
Niente, mi affido al mio spirito artistico;

Quanto tempo dedichi alla produzione?
Dedico molto tempo alla lavorazione;

Fai tutto a mano o hai attrezzi specifici?
Faccio tutto a mano, nonostante usi alcuni attrezzi costruiti appositamente da mio marito;

Come fanno I tuoi clienti a trovarti?
Mi trovano sulla mia pagina Facebook, tramite conoscenze oppure nelle diverse sagre ed eventi in giro per la Sardegna;

Dove si possono comprare I tuoi prodotti?
I miei prodotti si possono acquistare nelle mie esposizioni, sempre alle diverse sagre ;

Come “Creazioni Pet” ha cambiato la tua vita?
Diciamo che non ha cambiato drasticamente le mie abitudini, certo che la lavorazione mi piace tantissimo e anche spostarmi per le diverse esposizioni occupa del tempo, ma ne sono entusiasta anche perché mi da la possibilità di conoscere tanta gente nuova;

Un consiglio a chi vuole iniziare una simile attività?
Tanta tanta pazienza e dedizione;

Un messaggio per I lettori?
Non buttate la plastica, non sporcate il nostro meraviglioso mondo;

Dove trovarti online
Sempre su Facebook, alla pagina “Creazioni Pet”;


The Angels of Olmalaika home


Last week end I went to visit the girls of OlMalaika home in Sekenani. I cannot describe with words what I felt.

I met Kim Dewitt, the founder of OlMalaika home in my office in Nairobi by pure coincidence (do you really believe in coincidences???)

“​The Olmalaika Home, located in Sekenani, Kenya, provides a safe home and education for young girls of the Maasai tribe who are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and/or early childhood marriage. FGM is internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women, and it is illegal in Kenya. However, in many tribes it is a social convention and is considered a way to prepare a girl for adulthood and marriage. It is mostly carried out on girls between the ages of 7 and 15.”

Eclastic, with the support of Sunworld Safaris will go there to do workshops with these amazing girls. The aim is to teach them some useful craft that can contribute raising funds to pay for their education and other needs.

The items created will be sold directly from them and from the souvenir shops at Little Mara Bush Camp and Mara Bush Camp.

OlMalaika in Kiswahili means “Angel”. I am currently looking for new ideas to do with them, possibly “angel shaped items”.

If you have ideas or find something on the net please share the link with us!!

I cannot wait to go there.

Kim and her organization are really doing a fantastic job.

To know more about them check their website

To know more about FGM watch the video below.

Eclastic for the first time in public!

Eclastic first time in public

Eclastic first time in public

One day over lunch time, Gabriele, director of Sunworld Safari and the biggest Eclastic fan, mentioned that it could be a good idea to do an exhibition to introduce Eclastic to the public. She also mentioned ZEN GARDEN.

Fighting against my usual procrastination I wrote an email to ask information about it. The answer was a bit disappointing….For a private exhibition they charge Khs 20.000/- per day…it is around 200 usd. Too much considered that the most expensive item is Ksh 3000/-… 🙁

They proposed to me another option. The High Tea fashion show. A fashion show with mini boutiques. The mini boutique was more affordable and I said “why not!”

I met Shivani, the owner of Zen Garden to show her our products and see if they could fit the event.

So my odyssey started.

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Eclastic stand

I needed ideas for new designs, and stands to show the jewelry. My friend Tums, an unusual and unique artist, helped me to create the stands. Internet as usual gave me great inspiration.

I took a week off work to dedicate myself to Eclastic, however destiny had other plans for me.

Days ran fast and I did not achieve much, the car got broken, the dog was sick and I had to meet several people and supplier. 1 week was not enough.

The night before the event I didn’t sleep. I had to tag, price, and organize everything.

Muffin, my lovely cat was not helpful at all. She was stealing the necklace during the photo shooting and tagging. I have found Elephants necklace in the most absurd corner of the house.

The day finally arrived, and on my way there the battery of my car decided to die.

I arrived a bit late but I made it. Siggi my friend, was nice enough to help me in this adventure.

I have spent 2 amazing days there.

I’ve met new friends and sold few items. People liked Eclastic this is what matters to me.

High tea fashion show photo album



Buy Eclastic and not Ivory!!!


We all know that poaching it’s a real problem here in Africa.

Because of the high demand from the Asian market, thousands of our Elephants get killed and mutilated every day.

This is insane and we will lose all our Elephants.

There are many organization that try to help and stop the poachers, but they cannot make it alone. They need YOU, they need us.

One of  the most known is the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a Kenyan wildlife conservation charity founded in 1977 in memory of David Sheldrick by his widow Daphne Sheldrick. It assists and advises the Kenya Wildlife Service and manages an orphanage for elephants and rhinos. This trust is reintegrating orphaned elephants back into the Kenyan wildlife, and is a World Elephant Day associate.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. These include anti-poaching, safe guarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, rescuing and hand rearing elephant and rhino orphans, along with other species that can ultimately enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown.

You can see from their website the amazing work they do.

You can buy the Eclastic product there.

For every 100 products sold we will adopt one orphan Elephant 🙂


Eclastic Key holder


I am always looking for new ideas and constantly doing new experiment.

This week I have tried to do a unisex key holder made with plastic bottle and decorated with a piece of hand painted dvd.

What do you think?

Would you use it?

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