The ultimate in Upcycling is hanging a recycled bottle top covered in upcycled fabric from your ear. Now THAT is a talking piece!
We have these in a range of colours; every piece is unique as fabrics vary of course! Made in Kenya where your purchase has the power to make a real difference.
These unique earrings are made by a remarkable and inspiring youth employment Project- Zakale Creations.
In 2001 John set up Zakale Creations located in Huruma, part of the Mathare slum in Nairobi. The slum population is approx. 8,000 with a very high unemployment rate (approx. 80%). The people who live here have many challenges including poor housing, lack of basic facilities, including water, roads and lack of education. The ‘drop out’ from Primary School is very high and only a very few complete their Primary School education.
John was brought up in this slum and still lives locally. He set up this project to create employment. It is a highly organised workshop and is very creative. It has improved year on year. The workshop has been extended, re fitted and now has internet connection. It also has new machines and is a very nice working environment, maintained perfectly both inside and out.
Their recycled range of jewellery also creates employment for others outside of the workshop, who collect and clean bottle tops, wire, tin cans and old cooking pots to be transformed into beautiful jewellery.
Ten of the artisans that John has trained at Zakale are now independent craftsmen and women with their own small jewellery businesses.
Without John and his workshop it is unlikely they could have broken free from the poverty cycle. These creative artisans need us to buy their beautiful products made from the waste materials they have collected.
Imagine you could be wearing a pair of earrings crafted by artisans whose lives you have directly helped to transform.
These earrings are ingenious creations from a waste product. The fabrics are all off cuts of local materials with African prints. Your earrings may be sporting the same fabric as a child's shirt or a woman's 'Kitenge'.
Approximate size: Drop 7cm; Width 3cm; Nickel free hooks
Shared Earth's mission is to improve the livelihoods of disadvantaged people in developing countries, benefiting local community projects and keeping alive traditional skills that would otherwise be lost.Shared Earth aims:
- To pay fair prices for the products we buy
- To always offer 50% payment upfront to overseas producers
- To ensure working conditions are acceptable
- To provide advice on design and product development
- To support our suppliers and their local communities
- To avoid child labour
- To commit to long term relationships with our suppliers