With the Bottle Up project a team of Dutch designers and local craftsmen turned the enviromental effect of Zanzibar tourism into a collection of jars, candle holders and lightings. The project aims to fund the development of construction materials made from glass waste by selling up-cycled design accessories.
Tourism in Zanzibar has become an important source of income. But the other side of the coin can be also called pollution. Indeed the fancy cheers that are billed in the visitors’ tropical experience produce a relevant amount of glass waste.
A bunch of young Dutch designers teamed with local craftsmen to transform upcycled glass bottles into a collection of stylish souvenirs. The Bottle Up series includes tableware and lightings.
The design collection features glass jars made of green or white bottle-ends joined by a wooden lid. Eclectic pendant lights take shape from bi-coloured bottles’ parts whilst candle holders diffuse warm light by fitting into one other.
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“Zanzibar is not yet equipped to process or recycle all the glass waste. which means that the glass ultimately makes its way into the beautiful natural surroundings. But what if the tourism that caused it could also contribute to processing it?” Say Bottle Up design team.
Offering the products to tourists on the island completes the circle: the waste caused by tourism is transformed into locally produced up-cycle products, whereby the tourists that buy the products directly finance the next step of the Bottle Up project.
The income generated by the selling of the design products will be directly invested in the development of more constructive solutions for processing glass.
The dutch design team is composed by Tom van Soest, Ward Massa, Klaas Kuiken, Sophie Mensen, Oskar Peet and Pim van Baarsen. The Bottle Up project was presented at Dutch Design Week 2015 in Eindhoven.