Upcycled Magazine Bead Necklaces from Uganda

Monday, June 21, 2010

In my hands I have the most amazing upcycled beaded necklaces made by a group of 30 women in Kampala, Uganda called the Kind Mothers’ AfriBeads program.

What is Upcycling?

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.

Upcycling Logo

This group of women are working to protect vulnerable children, children that are either orphans or have parents who cannot afford to send their children to school. Many millions of people live in extreme poverty in Africa, struggling to survive and look after their children.

AfriBeads are creating hope for Ugandan women and children by providing a market for the beautiful jewellery they make. With economic self sufficiency they can take control of their own lives.

Kampala, Uganda

These recycled magazine necklaces have been made by strips of magazines cut into trianlges, which are then rolled, glued and varnished. The detail and time that goes into making these necklaces is incredible. You would not know the beads were made from paper. Here you see the end result in close up:

Beads for Sale

I am particularly passionate about such initiatives which is why I aim to raise awareness through my blog. Not only are these necklaces a unique and beautiful fashion item, but they are environmentally sustainable, fair traded, and raise money for families deprived of monetary stability.

Below are just a a few examples of necklaces currently for sale:





Please do Email Me if you are interested in buying these beautiful necklaces.

Thanks for reading this.


Hayder Al-Hamami said...

for my ict coursework, as part of the activities we need to design and upcycling logo, I was wondering if i could use your logo and develop on top of that. all sources would be included as reference.

thank you

Unknown said...

Please contact the logo designer on hello@findjosephine.com thnx

kachun said...
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Unknown said...

upcycling logo - wikipedia, under 'upcycle' but it doesn't appear to be there now?

kachun said...
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Anonymous said...

My nephews church has gone to Ughanda multiplie times and are very involved in projects that help the people to obtain and recycle clean water. On one of his trips there he bought a bunch of these necklaces for the women's in his family. I love mine. It.s beautiful and the construction is excellent. You would never guess that it was made from recycled magazines. The colors are lovely. I want to buy some to give as gifts. Brenda

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