Behind each article, crafted from what we commonly call trash, is a dream of saving the world…
In the hearts and hands of village women recyclers, who create beauty from basura…
…to educate their community in the environment’s four R’s: Refuse ~ Reduce ~ Reuse ~ Recycle.
Who would guess that the origin of such art is discarded beverage cans and cloth remnants?
ReciclArte trains and empowers women to design and craft eco-jewelry and fashion accessories from recycled materials,
then helps them by marketing their production through a broad network of resellers.
The ReciclArte articles are produced in small communities in the four corners of Costa Rica. The eco-jewelry from ReciclArte demonstrates that common “trash” can be transformed into beautiful, attractive fashion accessories, provoking concrete actions in response to our individual responsibility to preserve Planet Earth.Learn More
In Costa Rica, recycling is “asunto de mujeres”, the business of women. This is true not only because little investment and mobility is required to start up a recycling activity – still a part of the informal economy – but more importantly because, in their small communities, women are the most acutely aware of the damage unmanaged waste is doing to the rivers, farms, beaches and forests, as well as to her family’s health.Learn More
Born of the need to generate alternative sources of revenue to strengthen community recycling in rural areas, organized groups of women – those most often responsible for rural recycling – are trained in making this eco-jewelry, using only materials commonly found in recycling centers: pull-tabs from discarded beverage cans woven with fabric remnants.Learn More