My latest trip of "discovery" led me to an amazing women "Marie Ang Sylvain," who is the founder of a fantastic group called "Bottles to Beads". As the name suggests, Bottles to Beads is an ethical business that trains and employs village women to produce beautiful glass beads that are made out of discarded glass bottles that litter cities and mountain tracks of Nepal.
Each bead is individuallly painted in the unique style of the artist. All the tools needed to create this product are made by the women using everyday objects.
It is not only about recycling, it is also about transformation. Unskilled and unpaid women become empowered income earners, thus from broken glass to jewellery and from "trash to cash".
We will be uploading pictures soon!