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Upcycle Orange Farm project

Upcycle Orange farm project

Background

The Orange Farm community is a semi-rural, undeveloped area 40km South of Johannesburg. The township is one of the largest informal settlements in South Africa, with most estimates giving a population of 1 million people. The challenges that are faced by this community are high levels of poverty;  low levels of literacy; lack of basic services; lack of access to justice and health care facilities; lack of consultation between the local government and community members; high levels of violence (generally alcohol-related); lack of employment which leads to increased crime.

Upcycle have spent a few years in this community on many levels and are making a difference to the people in it one bit of junk at a time.

Upcycle have spent a few years in this community on many levels and hope to continue making a difference to the people in Orange Farm one bit of junk at a time. (From teaching a group of ladies to make teddies using scrap fabric and another project  about making products from waste to generate an income for themselves., we have become very attached to the people from Orange farm as they have passion and drive to make a difference to their lives.)

Progress

Upcycle have now partnered with the Human Rights Center in Orange Farm to jointly make inroads into uplifting the community – we want to empower them economically by teaching them the skills needed to upgrade the recycling centre into a more holistic Upcycle centre, where they can make PRODUCTS from the waste that can be sold at a higher value than straightforward recycling can currently produce.

The Orange Farm Human Rights Advice Centre was established  to alleviate the suffering of the community members through sustainable grassroots initiatives aimed at local empowerment, to improve access to health services and justice and educational opportunities in order to fulfill basic human rights. They also aimed to make the community aware of their rights enshrined in the Constitution and to go further and engage (and influence) public policy processes which would lead to accountability at local government level. The community still continue to visit the premises seeking its services. This is why stakeholders in the community met to look at possibilities of resurrecting the centre and why the centre is still in operation despite the many obstacles it faces such as funding, land ownership, proper facilities and poor service 

The Advice Centre assists in access to information; referrals, legal advice and legal assistance on a wide range of issues concerning accessing of birth certificates & identification documents; accessing social grants; labour mediation; evictions; domestic violence; child abuse, disability issues, unemployment and Income Generating Projects. They also provide assistance to refugees and asylum seekers.

In addition, the centre runs a daycare centre called Itsoseng. It was first established for the children of employees at the advice centre but there was a greater demand that was needed to be fulfilled in the greater Orange Farm community. Therefore they opened the day care centre to all members of the community who were interested. 

The Advice Centre also runs a recycling project which contributes to the funds needed to run the centre. The project also alleviates pollution and empowers the community by showing them sustainable grassroots initiatives and alternative ways of making money whilst saving the environment.

The challenge

Funds generated from recycling done on the premises (collection and sorting of waste) were used to finance both the operation of the day care centre as well as the advice centre. This income stream is now under threat as the big recycling companies are taking over.

recycle center 

As the big recycling companies are taking over the small informal guys are getting less and less market share and are slowly being squashed out of the market. This poses a big threat to the Human rights center as the recycling was helping fund the running of the Human right center. Upcycle are training the people from the recycling center and the local community how to create products from the waste that can be sold at a higher value then recycling can currently produce.

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The Orange Farm Human Rights Advice Centre was established  to alleviate the suffering of the community members through sustainable grassroots initiatives aimed at local empowerment, to improve access to health services and justice and educational opportunities in order to fulfill basic human rights. They also aim/ed to make the community aware of their rights enshrined in the Constitution and to go further and engage (and influence) public policy processes which would lead to accountability at local government level. The community still continue to visit the premises seeking its services. This is why stakeholders in the community met to look at possibilities of resurrecting the centre and why the centre is still in operation despite the many obstacles it faces such as funding, land ownership, proper facilities and poor service 

Upcycle Would like to assist the center to uplift its community and make a positive difference to the planet at the same time.

Your funding can be the catalyst for real, sustainable change

We would like to encourage any corporates that would like get involved in a SED or CSI project to contact Winnie McHenry atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 082 780 3673.

This community is making things happen and you would be very proud to be the funder of such an awesome group of people.

Please follow our story so far. Here 

Creativity Workshop

Creativity workshop

creativityEver wondered if you have that creative spark lying dormant within you?
Have you ever explored your imaginative side?
Creativity workshops set free creativity across the world: Creativity Workshops are becoming more and more widespread as intellectual property becomes the world's most valuable commodity. Many Companies are willingly to spend millions on creativity workshops for their employees so that they can stay on the cutting edge. Entrepreneurs know that they are one brilliant idea away from a multi-million Rand fortune and they value creativity highly.

Creativity is required to succeed in business, ranging from broad strategic thinking to troubleshooting tactical problems. People are by nature creative, and in the right atmosphere, with the right training and tools, everyone can tap into this inherent talent.

You will generate both new work and glean ideas for the work you are currently making. Our variety of techniques will help you to find your way in your chosen area – of big business.

We at Upcycle have just the solution, for you, a weekly Workshop of 3 hours per week; we will help you unlock your inner creativity. Our inspired team will lead you through the various techniques of different disciplines. These Workshops run from 6 pm to 9 pm.

R 100.00 per person, occasionally we require an additional payment for materials, not more than R 50.00 should the materials be required, this will be communicated prior to the Workshops.

Upcycle has brought together people from all professions, ages, and nations. What Creativity Workshop participants all have in common is an interest in the creative process, a spirit of curiosity, and the desire to explore and harness the power of their imaginations.

We offer one of the only workshops that have all kinds of corporate and business people in the same Workshops. We have developed exercises that evoke the universal and archetypal, and we focus on the artistic process rather than any one specific discipline.

We are based in fontainebleau, 84 maria st.

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For more information and booking contact Winnie via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Courses

Upcycle Waste to work Courses

Upcycle has developed a waste management training platform to be incorporated as part of your Company Strategy to ensure that sustainability is incorporated into your business practices. As landfills are no longer a viable solution to our waste management strategy  it is absolutely necessary to educate and raise awareness about the significance of waste and alternative ways of managing it.


There is a Waste Management Policy that guides Companies when it comes to waste. So as a means to encourage staff, community and customers regarding their responsibility to the planet and our fellow community members, we have developed comprehensive waste training courses.

Upcycle’s waste training courses incorporates and demonstrates the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) principle, it encourages making disposal the last resort as an effort towards the Company’s zero waste to landfill site approach.


The training incorporates recycling as your first port of call, it explains in detail the ways and means of making this a very easy and sustainable means of reducing your carbon footprint. We do however realize and understand that recycling is not the most effective way to dispose of waste as it has in itself a set of challenges that are not beneficial to Mother Nature or her people.

Upcycling is the step before recycling and reduces the chance of waste ending up in a landfill and postpones the time before it is recycled. What Upcycle serves to do is to show people that in reusing a product for another purpose it reduces the need to manufacture something from new raw materials. Your waste product can be a solution to saving water or feeding a family.

Types of training:

Core.

To have the ability to look at any waste product and create useful and sell able items it’s advisable to develop a good crafting knowledge and understanding of all craft methodologies. The core training cover a variety of tools, techniques and applications of various crafts and levels ensuring the skills to create unlimited items are obtained and retained.


• Can be done anywhere and don’t need a centre
• 6 weeks of general upcycle skills learning how to use various waste items and tools in different ways.
• Each week is a different waste product. Plastic, tin, paper, glass, electronics, fabric
• This is a skills learning programme and not a product manufacturing or specialization course
• This course can be done without having to move on to a specialized course

 Specialized 

The course is very detailed and takes you from the absolute beginnings of a waste product and develops ideas and inspiration based on the type of waste you are working with. Our basic core course builds creativity and gives an entire new perspective on what can be done with waste while the specialized course build even further on the core structure you have learned and develops specialized products and techniques.

This course is often done as an SED project  with the help of a corporate to set up a training facility for its community to have a space for the Upcycle crafters to work and trade from once completing the course.


• Training centres are established per specialized course
• Premises of 200 square meters or more needed to training 10 candidates at a time
• Specialised equipment need to be purchased for the centre i.e Machinery and equipment, per 10 candidates.
• Materials that are donated to projects need to be transported at the Centres cost.
• Lunch and stipend is dependent on project specification
• Marketing and sales of product is dependent on centre requirements
• Post training mentorship and access to centre and waste materials are dependent on project

Core upcycle Course

Core course 1 x 6 week module


• Each week is a different waste product. Plastic, tin, paper, glass, electronics, fabric

Specialized courses

Sewing courses 4 x 6 week modules

• Each subjects starts off with a core waste upcycle module
• Basic sewing and hand sewing skills course
• Machine use and skills course
• Soft furnishings and décor course

Woodworking course 4 x 6 week modules

• Each subjects starts off with a core upcycle module
• Basic woodworking, furniture restoration
• Fundamentals wood working , basic upholstery
• Paint techniques and finishes

Glass work course 4 x 6 week modules

• Each subjects starts off with a core waste upcycle module
• Cutting glass and polishing, machine usage and application
• Sandblasting
• Lamps, wiring electrical applications, mosaic

Paper 4 x 6 week modules


• Each subjects starts off with a core waste upcycle module
• Paper mache, flowers and fripperies
• Sculpture.
• Advanced paper techniques

 

Take a look at our products pages to get an idea of what has already been created and of some of the skills that will be learnt in the courses.

PET plastic:- more info here

complete garden upcycle bckgrnd

Soda tins:- more info here

aids day ribbon tin

Paper:- more info here

1st Image Background

Milk bottle:- more info here

completed recycled clock

Coffee tins:- more info here

tin can bird house background

Wood:- more info here

birdhouse background upcycle

Glass:- more info here

nescafe coffee bottle outside lamp croped

Plastic packets:- more info here

sunlight shopping bag

Tetra pack:- more info here



Glass bottles:- more info here

savanna glasses packed bg

E waste:- more info here

keyboard keyrings

Bottle tops:- more info here

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Workshops

Upcycle Workshops

Workshops are an intro to an alternative way of making a positive difference while exploring your Upcycle creativity. These are fun and relaxing workshops to let your creative juice flow and learn awesome new tricks to create upcycle products from waste.

- For a more comprehensive Upcycle course please visit or Courses page.

Creativity Workshops

creativityEver wondered if you have that creative spark lying dormant within you?
Have you ever explored your imaginative side?
Creativity workshops set free creativity across the world: Creativity Workshops are becoming more and more widespread as intellectual property becomes the world's most valuable commodity. Many Companies are willingly to spend millions on creativity workshops for their employees so that they can stay on the cutting edge. Entrepreneurs know that they are one brilliant idea away from a multi-million Rand fortune and they value creativity highly.

Creativity is required to succeed in business, ranging from broad strategic thinking to troubleshooting tactical problems. People are by nature creative, and in the right atmosphere, with the right training and tools, everyone can tap into this inherent talent.

Follow this link to read more about our creativity workshops


Upcycle Weekend workshops

i love you background upcycleKeen on crafts? want to learn to upcycle? We are running an Upcycle course that will cover all types of waste but will teach you a variety of crafting skills including, sewing, crochet, needlework, mosaic, decoupage, woodwork, glass cutting and lots more. R350 per person the second saturday of each month, full day. This course will turn you into a waste crafting guru!

Upcycle was born from our need as creative individuals to generate usable and useful items from the things that surround us. This is to improve the lives of the people on this planet. The amount of junk thrown away each day provided us with tons of raw materials. It wasn't long before we found that we could manufacture pretty much anything from "junk", from large format art installations, to gift boxes etc... – The list is truly endless!


We would like to share some of these skills with you and help grow the creativity and artist within you.

Follow this link to read more about our weekend workshops

  


Upcycle One day workshops 

milk bottle gift box

There is nothing more rewarding than being able to inspire someone! Over the years, we have developed numerous one day, inspirational workshops. These workshops are designed to inspire teachers, crafters, community volunteers and corporates alike.

The workshops teach participants the basic tricks of the trade. We teach participants to view junk as possible craft projects. We try to unleash their inner creativity and then follow through with crafting skills to help them achieve their goals.

During our one day training, we try to focus on a few really wow products, that way learners leave the course, inspired and able to instruct others on the how create masterpieces.

It’s essential to teach participants the basic tools for each different task, in our training we do try to cover a selection of techniques and skills but for a more extensive understanding of the crafting and upcycling worlds, longer training courses are available.

 

To read more about our one day workshops

 


Upcycle Evening workshops

egg box flowers upcycleKeen on crafts? want to learn to upcycle? We are running an Upcycle course that will cover all types of waste but will teach you a variety of crafting skills including, sewing, crochet, needlework, mosaic, decoupage, woodwork, glass cutting and lots more.

Upcycle was born from our need as creative individuals to generate usable and useful items from the things that surround us. This is to improve the lives of the people on this planet. The amount of junk thrown away each day provided us with tons of raw materials. It wasn't long before we found that we could manufacture pretty much anything from "junk", from large format art installations, to gift boxes etc... – The list is truly endless!

We would like to share some of these skills with you and help grow the creativity and artist within you.

To read more about our evening workshops

Teambuilding

Teambuildings

Our facilitators are ready to take on the challenge of helping you get into your right brain and expanding your creative side! The best part is that we have easy, carefully planned out projects that make a memorable experience while making a difference to the planet. Spend a day with Upcycle and let us help you get in touch with your artistic and creative side! Saving the planet can be easy and rewarding!

Teddy Bear Teambuilding

Up for the challenge of making some teddy bears for a children’s home, this challenging teambuilding event will not only give your team an entire new skill set but leave them with the satisfaction of knowing they will be making a difference to another’s life. Taking scrap fabric and turning it into a toy for a child can be extremely rewarding, the greatest challenge is to let go of these cute little guys when you have put such effort into it’s creation.

Time frame: 2-3 hours
Skill level: Challenging
Cost: R160.00.

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