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island of Zanzibar, Tanzania

This community recognize the severe waste problem on their island and are doing their part to solve it. You can help them. 

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THE HISTORY BEHIND

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Artisans of Tanzania 

A small group of artisan gather together each day on the island of Zanzibar, Tanzania to turn trash into treasure. After collecting bottles from nearby resorts, they use a traditional carving technique (often used on ornate doors) to create a wooden lid to accompany the recycled bottle. They recognize the severe waste problem on their island and are doing their part to solve it. In additional to environmental conservation, they seek to empower their workers, many of whom are women, and create a safe and dignified environment.

“Our favorite part of the process is that something unique and beautiful, can be made out of waste, the best part is when we assemble the glass with the wood and all of a sudden a beautiful object appears underneath ojur eyes. It makes the staff very proud."

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ZANZIBAR and its magnificent beauty

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Zanzibar (which means ‘coast of the blacks’) is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania that comprises a couple of islands remote from the east coast of Africa called Unguja or Zanzibar (1554 km²) and Pemba. These and the island of Mafia are sometimes called the spice islands, although the term is usually associated more with the Moluccan islands.

The economic center and the main city is the Zanzibar City on the island of Unguja, famous for being the city that saw Freddie Mercury born vocalist of the famous Queen group. The Stone City of Zanzibar (historic center) was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000, being one of the most important cities of Swahili culture.

The main industries are spices (nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper) and tourism. Zanzibar is also the only place where Zanzibar's red colobus monkey lives.

Coastal pollution is increasingly becoming a source of concern in Zanzibar. Untreated municipal wastewater discharged into coastal waters and in some places directly onto coastal habitats, such as mangroves, is having serious impacts on the natural environment and potentially on the economic base that many of the islanders depend.


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