Random shots of some female faces that were at the 2016 Kampala City Festival
What Is Upcyling?
Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. For example:
–Unraveling a wire clothes hanger to break into your car to rescue your keys = not upcycling
–Stretching out a wire clothes hanger then tying strips of a plastic bag around it to make a wreath = upcycling!
Upcycling gives an item a better purpose. And while jimmying the lock on your car to is giving that hanger a new purpose, it’s not necessarily better or more beautiful. And the mangled hanger is likely destined for the trash, which is the opposite intent of upcycling.
Recycling vs. Upcycling
Recycling takes consumer materials — mostly plastic, paper, metal and glass — and breaks them down so their base materials can be remade into a new consumer product, often of lesser quality. When you upcycle an item, you aren’t breaking down the materials. You may be refashioning it — like cutting a t-shirt into strips of yarn — but it’s still made of the same materials as when you started. Also, the upcycled item is typically better or the same quality as the original.
In the picture above, the food cabinet on the right was up cycled from an old broken down boat which was cut in half. Dan, the resident up cycling guru at the farm where I am spending the holiday break, came up with the idea and I think it’s looking great!
Credits: Information about up cycling obtained from http://www.hipcycle.com
Picture shot by: Jerusha Hexspoor
Picture edit by: Wshop
These are newly made charcoal stoves crafted from metallic waste and ready for use. Almost each homestead located in an urban area has one of these.
One of the colorfully painted buildings along the street in Jinja
These are new tadobas that run on paraffin. They are made out of different metallic cans that often go to waste after use. In this particular picture the lamps are made out of old metallic cans that once housed tomato paste. These lamps are mostly used in remote areas that have no access to electricity or in homes that can’t afford electricity.
Shot by: Jerusha
Picture edit: Wshop
This is one of the two main commuter taxi parks in Kampala, Uganda.
Shot by: Jerusha
Photo Edit: Wshop