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    From old newspapers to useless keys, plastic and glass bottles to last season’s saris, a host of options out there can transform junk into something useful, edgy and even stylish. We tell you more. By Rashmi Rajagopal and Maegan Dobson Sippy

    Turn your trash into something special with a little help from our city-based recycling experts

    Eco conscious
    Zehra Rafiq of Ethnocraft does not discriminate when it
    comes to waste. She takes everything that comes her way, be it excess wood from a carpenter’s or cloth from a tailor, and crafts something beautiful. In the past,
    she has created bags out of milk packets, photo frames and candle holders from repurposed teak; folders, books and lampshades out of excess from a tailor’s bin and even baskets and coasters out of old newspapers. In her studio, cartons turn into files and gift boxes and toilet paper rolls into funky pen holders.
    Rafiq also trains under-privileged women and children to recycle their
    waste. `100 upwards. Details: facebook.com/ethnocraft

    Recycling2cBottled up
    The women behind Silver Nut Tree, Angeline
    Babu and Rituparna Das were inspired to start their line by their kids’ school project on recycling. They duo designs and creates a range of jewellery, lamps and home decor essentials out of used plastic bottles, glass bottles and CDs. So if you have some old bottles sitting at home gathering dust, we suggest you contact them and drop them off for a beautiful new addition
    to your place. Their handmade products are currently
    stocked at select outlets in the city, Europe and
    Australia. `100 upwards. At Kitschdii. Details:
    facebook.com/SilverNutTree

    Recycling1bNuts and bolts
    Chinanshu A Sharma studied to be a jewellery
    designer who works with gems and precious stones but
    her love for transforming everyday waste into beautiful pieces prevailed and today her label, Paarisha has quite a following in the city. Sharma sources everything from sea glass (broken glass, frosted by the wear and tear of waves on the beach), discarded cycle parts and denims to even nuts and bolts to create exquisite handcrafted pieces. Before you throw away those spare nuts and bolts, give Sharma a call for a piece of recycled
    bespoke jewellery. `150 upwards. Details: paarisha.com

    Hardware dump
    Getting rid of products such as batteries,
    old CDs and even mobiles, defunct computers
    and other electrical goods can be a headache. Initiated with maximum consumer convenience in mind, E-cure have it all worked out. If you save up such items at home, you can give them a call and schedule a free collection. They’re even happier if you club together with your housing society or colleagues to form larger collection groups. If your office is keen to go green, they can also drop by and give educational programmes on waste segregation and easy, everyday ways to become
    more sustainable. Details: 9986452888

    One man’s trash
    Founded three years ago, Second To None was initiated by Anu Gummaraju and a group of like-minded friends, who realised that there were few options in the city for those that wanted to pick up used household goods. Facebook is their platform of choice and there are now over 50,000 members. It is a vibrant page for listing anything you might not want anymore, that someone else could find useful. From fridges to sofas, phones to furniture and even cars, there’s pretty much anything you could wish for, and prices are completely negotiable between buyers and sellers. Details: facebook.com/groups/secondnone/

    Bag it up
    With the philosophy that one person can change the city for the better, Vidya Anand began her home recycling business Satthvam three years ago. She specialises in upcycling wedding invites, cartons and newspaper into gorgeous gifting bags, children’s party bags and even jewellery holders. She’s recently also started to re-purpose fabric items into bags that you can use for wedding favours or gifts, so if you have an old sari that you’d like to see live another day, she could
    help. Rs. 8 upwards. Details: 9886101278

    doorstep
    The most effective way to make a difference may be to get involved in your local neighbourhood society. Groups such as We Care for Malleswaram and We Care for Jayanagar organise educational programmes in waste segregation, clean neighbourhood drives and a host of other community-centric events. Even closer to home, Daily Dump, a company specialising in waste segregation products, have everything you need to get started with composting your wet waste, including terracotta pots you can keep on the  balcony, and a practical step by step guide. Rs. 1,200 onwards.
    Details: dailydump.org

    Waste not, want not
    At Anokhi Planet, scraps of fabric from
    tailors’ shops are crafted into hair accessories, cassette
    tapes are used to make pen pots, and old comics find a new home jazzing up metal trunks or trays. Adamant that they are a social enterprise rather than a business, they are open to suggestions of what they should repurpose next, and exhibit their products at flea markets that support recycling and working with your hands citywide. `100 upwards. Details: facebook.com/Anokhi.Planet

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