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As you may know The Coins Shop is based in Zanzibar Island.

A place with stunning beaches,corals,wild life,variety of sea creatures,

trees,birds,butterflies and smily faces.

Thinking over the way the waste is held over here though it makes me want to contribute as much as I can to preserving this beatiful nature.

Recycling the different types of metal that remains after a coin has been cut,

as small as those pieces are,I feel is a part of my duty.

With this art I`m hoping to inspire other people to think over this issue and hopefully start a compain educating people how important that actually is and what will happen in future if no action is taken.

Please contact me if you are interested to participate in this in any way that you might like to.

Those first coin pieces that I used have been sitting patiently for many months waiting to be reused.I usually design the custom work and other products that we make out of coins and I thought I should do something with those leftovers.

We love creating new things all the time and never get bored with what we do.

Creativity keeps us going.

A friend of mine was making art from recyceld bottle caps and old sail from the local fishermen`s boats,I thought something similar could work out and I got inpired to try and finally put those pieces together on a nice coloured board.

Here is is blog page of my friend that I mentioned above,worth cheking it out:

It turned out people were also excited as much as I was about my new art with the recycled coin leftovers.

The first one I did was the Africa Map on a piece of ply wood that was also a leftover of some other creation that happened in our workshop earlier.

I had a red spray paint and so we sprayed it red.

I did some other ones,mainly maps as it really works out well and people love them because they represent a place that they feel connected to.I did some custom ones as well,different frames and decorations.I put some spikes on the frames,the spikes are also very typical and historical for Zanzibar,have been used on the Zanzibar doors since a long time ago.The story about those spikes is that they were originally created to prevent elephants from breaking into people`s home in India.So this design was brought by the indians back in time.

Nowadays the spikes stand for the sake of the design and tradition all made out of yellow copper.

The most excited I was with "The Jackfruit Project" !

And that is worth its own post,so look for that :) coming soon.


After all that being said above I decide to include a little section about what one can do for the enviroment if living in Zanzibar on in a place where there are not enough garbage bins provided.

1. Buy less or no packed products.If you need it and it`s packed choose the paper package over the plastic ot tin ones.

2.Look for a waste bin.They do exist sometimes in some places.

If not try keeping the waste in your pocket or bag untill you find the proper place to through it.But before that think if you can reuse it or recycle it.

3.Collect iron.There are some local places where they buy all types of iron.

Also you can symply give it away to the local children they always know where to sell it.

4.Don`t throw anything in the ocean except the fishes can eat it and it will actually be good for them.

5.If you have a yard even a small one you can do the following:

Firstly make sure you separate the food garbidge and the papper and other non toxic waste.

-Have a small pot with a cap which you can keep on your kitchen counter and esily open to through the food waste.

-Have a second bin for other waste.Collect iron and plastic separately

When you burn plastic it destroys the ozon layer.

Iron takes too long to desolve into the soil and affect it in that way.

-Buy or even better recycle/reuse a plastic pot,backet or anythin with a similar sahpe that is about the capacity of 20 litres or so.Cut off the bottom of it and put it on top of the soil in your yard.Soon you will have a natural furtaliser for your garden !

-Dig a hole big enough to burn paper and waste from your garden.

Hope this was helpful.

Please feel free to contact me if you may need to share or suggest anything or if you`d like me to write or post more info abou it.

Thanks for reading,it means a lot to me !

Please share so that more people would get involved.

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