Bottle Up

Good news from Zanzibar

January 2016
The Bottle Up project and foundation is a workshop on the East coast of Zanzibar, where in recent years tourists have become an increasingly important source of income. Thus, so is (glass) waste. Zanzibar is not yet equipped to process or recycle all this glass waste, which means that the glass ultimately makes its way into the beautiful natural surroundings. But what if the tourism that caused this glass waste could also contribute to processing it? Six young Dutch designers travelled to Zanzibar to up-cycle the glass waste. During the trip they worked together with local craftsmen to translate smart solutions and local techniques into a first series of  products. The waste caused by tourism is transformed into beautiful, locally produced up-cycled products, whereby the tourists who buy the products directly finance the next step: the development of construction materials made from glass waste.