We are a creative team, ready to take on any challenge, from custom made corporate gifting to large commissions, craft related teambuilding events, kids craft parties, classes and so much more!
To supply Investec with 5000 hand cut, polished and sand blasted glasses from discarded wine bottles. To further our training project for the development and upskilling of community people as well as create awareness to all involved about the necessity of reducing our impact on the environment.
Though Investec’s agents we have set up the project to source and process 5000 used wine bottles into glasses that will be sandblasted with the Investec logo and by-line. The requirements were to upcycle wine bottles into glasses while taking the opportunity to involving community members in assisting with the project.
Upcycle started this journey by sourcing the wine bottles from many of the local restaurants, interested companies, private individuals and street collectors. Upcycle has also included purchasing of glass bottles from Remade Germiston to secure sufficient source material to maintain the project till the community “by in” can support the project alone.
It has been inspirational to see the way our community has rallied around this initiative to make a difference to the planet and how keen they are to get involved in helping with this project. We have several restaurants that have allocated space to store bottle for our weekly collection, One or two shops that have volunteered to be drop off points and we even have private individuals
Upcycle is always looking to provide an environment in which there is training, development and growth of new businesses such as the “Investec glass project” to further our communities. As we have an affinity for upcycle have put a lot of time and energy into mastering the art of cutting, polishing and finishing off glass products. Once we had established the best practice of making glasses, vases, planters etc. we took our skills to the orange farm community where we have trained unemployed individual to master these concepts and products. We have been teaching them the basics art of glass cutting and how to work with it as part of the basics of how to upcycle waste. This community have been taught sewing, and various other upcycle skill. The basic process of cutting and polishing glass can be done from home in quite a small space and with a small outlay. This is great for individuals to make and sell in their own capacity; products for their friends and family and local community. These products are very much handmade and take about a half hour per glass to make from beginning to end.
As upcycle have been training on how to make this product for over a year, Investec approached us to make them glasses on a large scale. The process of manufacturing these glasses in a mass production situation required much more specialised equipment and a dedicated space to manufacture in. Investec’s order has enabled this to happen.
This is the point at which some of our community members that have really loved working with glass and have master the understanding of how glass breaks, were invited to join us in creating these 5000 glasses. They have now learned how to take their small business to the next level and understand the difference between individual handmade product and mass production. We have Employed 3 people out of the Orange farm community members to help us complete this order. Upcycle is working hard at finding more opportunities to grow this aspect, to be able to afford them fulltime employment.
We have also had the opportunity to pay a lady with her own transport to collect bottles for us. We have developed relationships with 15 restaurants and many individuals to collect bottles for us and support this project. Several street collectors have been able to sell glass bottles to us making their range of product better and of more value. We have also been able to set up 2 more training days to master the art of glass recycle in the orange farm community.
Through the order placed by Investec we have been able to take our glass project from a fledgling to the level required to meet the demands. We have the equipment and expertise to create and make almost anything from glass bottles. In order for it to continue to support the community and be successful there has to be ongoing interest from the public as well as private sector to continue to purchase the products in order to sustain what has been created.
Theme was Strength in numbers.
The theame for this teambuilding was to impress upon the staff the concept that even though they, as people are each unique and individual and such bring all that into the company, it is only though the combined strength of the entire staff compliment can one see the true strength of a company. It is the combined power of the entire individual and their ability to perform as a team in the end that will make the company or division successful.
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This creative picture was painted by a team of very left brain individuals that never thought they would ever be able to achieve something so amazing. This is a Picasso art challenge team building where the group paints a big picture for the office! more on our canvas painting below.
Canvas painting teambuilding event we did with Boehringer Ingelheim. Check out this cool youtube video link of the event as they all got creative. You can also go to our teambuilding page and see what else we have to offer.
We had lots of fun helping Nedbank complete a stunning mosaic "Tree of life", for their teambuilding experience!
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Hayley Joy's quest to reduce their carbon footprint, by donating their fabric scraps, has been enabled by a wonderful collaboration with Upcycle Winnie. Hayley Joy production generates a vast amount of waste, and what a waste it would have been, for it to be dumped, or even worse, end up in a landfill.
Upcycle, Winnie, has been able to upskill two families, by teaching them basic sewing skills, and she has now trained them to make the Teddies from scratch.
Making your own virtical garden from recycled drum, December 2015
Making a pot stand with inverted design
Recycled tin can candle holder that is very easy to make and a stunning idea for Aids day candles.
Recycled old mannequin doll into a stunning decoupaged lamp.
Upcycle your old egg boxes and egg trays and create a beautiful arrangement of flowers that will never droop!
Add a dash of colour and light to your garden with this beautiful, upcycled mosaic hairdresser's basin birdbath!
Papier mache is terrific for all ages, young kids love getting their hands involved, perfect for sensory development! And a great lesson on recycling egg boxes!
Turn an old plastic milk bottle into a beautifully functional upcycled gift box for a special gift!
Recycle an old milk bottle and create this beautiful Easter basket, a great handmade gift for all ages!
Making a mosaic cross is a great way to celebrate Christmas or Easter. Follow our step by step to see how it is done!
Our simple step by step will have you making your own beautiful mosaic daisy mirror in no time, from cutting the petals to grouting!
What a great way to start a water wise vegetable or herb garden and a fantastic science experiment for children. Upcycle an old plastic Coke bottle into a self-watering terrarium!
A few old planks from an old cupboard make fantastic materials to create this beautiful upcycled birdhouse!
What a colourful way to create beautifully upcycled fridge magnets! In this craft we used recycled bottle tops to make fridge magnet bugs.
This upcycled clock was made using recycled plastic milk bottles - resulting in less junk going in the bin and a beautiful handmade gift that really does make a difference!
Make and install mosaic tree of life
A great way to start off the summer is to make a few stunning bird houses for your garden using old tin cans and broken crockery
Create a stunning recycled flower heart with milk bottles!
So many books are thrown away as they have virtually no resale value, yet with a few folds, all your old, worthless books can be turned into beautiful decorations and lampshades.
Create the perfect party vibe with this easy step by step for kids showing you how to easliy make your own party garland!
Some old plastic bottle tops, an old frame and a few beads is all it takes to make a beautiful recycled decoration for your home!
This is a follow up project to our Paper Mache Heart project. In this step by step, we will decorate the heart by cutting mirror circles and then use mosaic techniques.
Creating simple and beautiful earrings has never been simpler, follow our easy step by step instructions and create your own upcycled jewellery!
Create something unique and upcycled for your garden! Try your hand at painting old wooden boards to make inspirational signs for your garden.
Brighten up your garden with this stunning mosaic plant stand, a lovely, colourful work of art for you and your plant to enjoy!
Create a stunning mosaic cross for your home using mosaic tiles and mirror bits. Follow our easy step by instructions to see how it is done!
With just a few old bottles and some craft materials, we were able to craft this beautiful recycled plastic milk bottle floating clock!
There is so much scrap wood lying around from old pallets or broken furniture - put it to good use with this upcycled cross
A few old milk bottles, some patience and an easy technique called quilling turned this household waste into a beautiful clock!