Helping the freestate with water


Upcycle and Risidale Primary School send water to the Free State

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Upcycle has been working closely with the pupils and teachers of Risidale Primary School
helping collect water bottles, which in turn, will be filled and delivered to farms and
families, in the Freestate, in need of water in drought stricken areas.

As we try to prevent plastic bottles ending up in landfills we are always coming up with new
and innovative ways to use them. We usually create projects with the bottles. It's always a
good idea to teach people how to grow their own vegetables and herbs in the bottles, we also
do more creative work, where we turn bottles into flowers and even gift boxes.
There is always a huge excess of plastic bottles and this time we decided to help with water
collection and continue to make a difference for our fellow humans and our planet too! Every
PET plastic bottle that can be used, we rinsed them out and had them filled with water.

In case you were wondering .... This is what 35 trucks carrying 2 million litres of water
looks like. (We had managed to collect 500 bottles which were included on the trucks). Every
drop counts.


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Please visit the link bellow to get involved in saving our animals and helping our farmers! 


We continue collecting Pet bottles and you are more than welcome to drop any bottles with us for filling and distribution.

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Congratulations and well done to Risidale Primary. These are some of the bottles you collected.

Remember to keep collecting!






Kliprivier Clean up


Upcycle joined SOJO and Cubic in there clean-up day on Klip Rivier Road in the South of
Johannesburg outside Nola Court Council flats in an effort to remove illegally dumped waste.
While spending the day cleaning, the staff at Upcycle also educated those assisting with
information on how to prevent this type of dumping.

The Cubic project revolves around the upliftment and greening of the Klip River Road corridor
which links central Johannesburg with areas in the South. It’s tremendously sad that this
major arterial road has been ignored by Government due to the low income areas that surround

making a difference


Read more: Kliprivier Clean up

ABI Fashion show

Upcycle fashion show 

Upcycle Fashion is on a mission to contribute to a global reduction of waste through creative solutions. We invite Students, Artists and Businesses to find creative uses for items reclaimed from the waste stream all while exposing just how much waste is created through our daily lives. We hope to foster a generation of considerate consumers and creators who will change the way the world sees waste. Outrageously unique clothing, jewellery and other accessories created from things found in rubbish bins and recycling bins. It’s hip. A must for all budding fashion designers and artists! The Trashion Show is part of a greater effort on
behalf of ABI to promote environmentally friendly behaviour on both an individual and communal level.

ABI fashion show

Upcycle makes second page of The Citizen


arbor week citizen

Upcycle makes second page in the 02 September 2014 The Citizen newspaper.

“Gardener Ntuthuko Ngwenya sweeps in front of the Tree of Life mosaic yesterday at the Booysens Hotel In Johannesburg. The Mosaic, organised by Upcycle, was created to celebrate Arbour Day and is said to be the largest plastic-bottle art piece in the city.”

Arbor day plastic bottle-top tree!

Arbor day plastic bottle-top tree!

plastic bottle top mosaic

Upcycle, in collaboration with all the “greenies” got together to create a “Tree of Life”
(more like a forest of life), using mosaic as the medium. Several hundred bottle caps and
thousands of beads were used to create this spectacular wall.

Arbour day 2014

The Gallery of the Event 

Arbor day 2014 gallery

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