Design Indaba 2014 | Favourite Finds: Blantyre Jars

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Whether it’s binning properly or creating something out of waste, recycling is always admirable. This said, and with all due respect, recycled artefacts are not necessarily always aesthetically pleasing. Yet this collection of glass jars tick the proverbial design boxes of form and function.

The waste that Blantyre City in Malawi generates and the creative skills of the city’s low-income artisans inspired the design of the Blantyre Jar. The Blantyre Jars are made by three different micro-enterprises: Zochita Zambiri, who cut discarded wine bottles into jars by hand; Magobo who makes the individually-fitted lids out of mahogany hardwood; Warm Hearts who make the packaging out of recycled cardboard and paper collected from supermarkets, offices and schools.

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