Q: When is a Coke can an elephant (or possibly a giraffe)?

by EcoStreet on May 13, 2011

in EcoArt, Recycling, Shop Green

A: When Farai’s had his creative way with it!

Farai is a member of the Mother City Craft Collective, a collective of traffic-light crafters who you can see selling their wares as you drive through the streets of Cape Town.   This group of Zimbabwean crafters have joined forces to expand their market and create an alternative outlet for their crafts, an online shop.  This has brought a new set of challenges for these artists, because the traditional wire & bead and wirework crafts that they produce are pretty heavy, which results in very high postage costs.

To reduce the price of postage (and consequently the carbon footprint of the piece) Farai has come up with an interesting solution.  He’s using recycled materials that are a lot lighter than the materials that he usually works with.

These recycled Coke can animals and more are available from the Mother City Craft Collective’s recycled range, and as you’ll see, both the cost of the products and the postage costs are considerably less than the traditional.  While buying crafts from this store makes a huge difference in the lives of these traffic-light crafters, by choosing from the recycled range you will be making a huge difference to the environment too.

So while necessity is the mother of invention, isn’t it great when it also leads to recycling, reusing and a greener way of doing things?


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Brindes May 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I definitely aprove this toys ! I’m a recycling maniac, every single thing a have in my hands, I think how long would it take to degrade in environment… and also, think they are so cute !


Ben Weissman May 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I love these. Whimsical, fanciful, recyclable.


Lily May 30, 2011 at 8:55 am

Wow, love the coke elephant. We have so many creative green thinkers and inventors out there that are doing an amazing job inspiring others to go green.


Bob Lilley June 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Cute ideas! We have a lot of “artsy” folks here in Santa Cruz California, so they will fit right in.

So BEFORE you recycle – channel your inner Rodan!


Russell July 5, 2011 at 11:29 am

Ahh! These are so cool. It makes me think that – if I had the time of course – I should be doing this with my Coke/Fanta/Whateverade cans. There’s a second use for everything and this just proves that – great post, thanks for sharing. Do you know if Mother City Craft Collective are buying empties…? 😉


Jacob Ballard July 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm

This is a great way to upcycle cans and turn them into something useful. There are lots of things that can be done with waste that nobody thinks of in their every day. Its all about taking the time and looking at waste in another way to design something interesting and sustainable.


Prakhar of Terracycle July 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm

These toys are great! They look very well crafted and free up space in our landfills! What more could you ask for?


Patty July 11, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Ok now that is cool! I love the elephant one! For your readers, we have a wonderful renewable energy company based out of Atlanta. Atlanta Geothermal and Solar, EcoMech


Recycle Bin Guy July 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Now THIS is an ingenious way to promote recycling! I like the fact that it also teaches the value of recycling to children (the recyclers of tomorrow!!).

Nicely done.


Mary Jones March 16, 2013 at 10:02 am

This is brilliant!

I is always refreshing to see something most people consider garbage put to good use.

I was recently on a vacation in a resort, and they had this long path down to the beach and they used 1.5 liter Coke and Sprite bottles as the roof over the walkway.

– Mary


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