One Man's Eye Sore is another Man's Eye Candy

Smart gadgets... we have so many of them nowadays. You are probably reading this from a smart one of your own. If it's not our sleek smart phones it's our smart HD TVs or our smart toilets (Yap these ones come with very interesting features too but that's a story for another day.)

Ever wondered how the lives of your smart gadgets will be like in a few years? Will they be languishing in landfills after their retirement or will they be receiving praise from strangers after graduating into magnificent works of art?

I bumped onto some articles the other day written about artists who give our retired electronic gadgets another chance. Those whose delight comes from creating beautiful works of art from what would otherwise be considered unappealing and even deadly electronic waste (e-waste). These stories got me inspired thus the birth of this post.

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A video about Cyrus Kabiru a self taught artist who makes wearable eyeware from e-waste.

Nowadays technology keeps on changing and the faster technology evolves the faster we keep on exchanging our old technology with the new. This simple and harmless act has caused and keeps on causing an increase in e-waste. E-waste that we leave at the mercy of dustbins and landfills not to mention those that are disposed off haphazardly. We should learn something from Cyrus and see how instead of throwing these electronics we can reuse and recycle them so as to reduce the amount of e-waste in our environment.

This slideshow shows how plastic bottles can become attractive and functional art pieces. (Maximize for a clearer view)

I believe every country experiences its share of challenges with waste management. However, the citizens of each country also have a role to play. Behavioural change is necessary because it is only when we change ourselves that the environment around us can follow suit.

I recently joined the Clean Up Kenya team. It's a nationwide environmental project that offers a simple but bold blueprint for what we all can do as individuals, organisations, communities, and as a nation to bring about the realisation of a litter-free and more environmentally presentable country.

John F. Kennedy the 35th president of the United States said " Children are the living message we send to a time we will not see." Clean Up Kenya embodies this idea and plans to get 1 million Clean Up Kenya branded wristbands on the wrists of Kenyan children under the age of 13. This is in an effort to remind them of their responsibility to take care of our environment by making a decision everyday not to litter.

Clean Up Kenya launched it's first flagship project in Githogoro, Karuri. The Kenyan children for environmental change project. A project that seeks to empower behavioural change among Kenyan children under the age of 13 towards littering. At the launch young models who had just contested for Little Miss and Mr World Kenya an event sponsored by Baby Shower Kenya were present. They cleaned up the Githogoro area with their parents and had a great time.

This slideshow shows how the Clean Up activity at Githogoro went. (Maximize for a clearer view)

If you are interested in joining us the next time we'll be doing a clean up, find us on Facebook. That way you will get updates on our upcoming activities. You can also support our projects by purchasing a mug or two whose proceeds will be channeled into financing our various Clean Up Kenya projects. Your contribution will go a long way and who knows we may be cleaning up your neighborhood next.

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Wendi Mutisya

Video Credits:
AJ+ YouTube Channel


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