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Phenomenal Paper Beads can create incredible jewellery while helping to reduce our impact on landfills
As in all our training segments, our focus starts with reducing the impact of waste in landfills. Paper beading is no exception. Our two objectives when doing training are always, skills development as well as educating those we teach about ways to keep our planet green.
I think it’s safe to say that most people have a bookshelf in their home with old magazines that they promise to read again, but simply never get to. These same magazines collect dust and eventually get tossed in a dustbin or recycling bin and then? ... Off to a landfill. Why not take these magazines or corporate annual reports and other periodicals and educate a community in upcycling.
Teaching community members to be environmentally aware and then adding lessons on beading skills, helps those less fortunate, makes them a better living. The crafting industry is vast and limitless and it’s an exceptionally good way for the lower income, or previously disadvantaged individuals to start a business with very little outlay. How much simpler and less expensive could it be? Some old magazines, a pair of scissors, a paint brush, a pin and some varnish and you’re on your way.
When we do training, we are often met with wide open eyes, frowns and plenrty doubt. That changes when we start to talk about upcycling, the importance of aiding our environment and the way to view “junk” differently. We teach learners the dangers of relying on landfills sites; we stress the importance of each person’s responsibility in terms of the “junk” they create daily. We explain the need for upcycling and stress the impact our excess waste and pollution, has on our landfills and the planet. We explain that recycling is good, but upcycling, is even better as there are no new processes or manufacturing involved. We teach people that it’s easy to empower themselves, just by learning some basic crafting skills, tweaking some creative thinking and mastering their willpower and the possibilities are endless.
Once everybody is excited about trash, we turn trash into art. It’s incredibly satisfying watching the penny drop when you show learners how to make paper beads. Once they understand the processes involved, they themselves, start to see the possibilities ahead. The camaraderie and team building effects of our training are so clearly visible; the community members always leave our workshops proudly wearing their new handmade creations and eager to show off their newly learned skills. It rarely takes long before our up-skilled learners and making money and selling their creations.
Paper Beading is incredibly simple. It’s fun, it’s creative, it’s exciting and it’s expressive. There are several ways of making your paper beads and once your beads are made, the jewellery you wish to make is endless. Upcycle has done training in numerous communities and has taught several people the art of paper bead making and they are very happy for a skill that is generating them an income.
Why not take a look at our easy to follow step by step on paper beading.
Or ... if you are involved in any Corporate Social Investment initiatives, perhaps we can set up a training workshop for your community or even your staff as a team building exercise.
Give us a call and let’s chat about options.
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