Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Ideas out of Africa

My pal Andy sent me off in the direction of a blog called AfriGadget. Put simply, AfriGadget's awesome! In their own words, AfriGadget is: 

"a website dedicated to showcasing African ingenuity. A team of bloggers and readers contribute their pictures, videos and stories from around the continent. The stories of innovation are inspiring. It is a testament to Africans bending the little they have to their will, using creativity to overcome life’s challenges."

Recently I've been thinking about plastic bottles and bags, and it seems the people behind AfriGadget have too. Above is a video about turning waste plastic into plastic sheets on Vimeo by the blog's gifted editor Erik Hersman, and below are his pics of a drainpipe upcycled from a Fanta bottle and a tetherball game made from a water bottle (photographed during a sandstorm). 

Check out their Flickr pool at the very least - you'll find musical instruments from bottle caps, soccer balls from plastic bags, bellows made from cement bags and a bike retooled as a knife sharpener. It's almost painfully ingenious.

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