Upcycled glass left behind on island
Zanzibar is like a dream! You imagine yourself in opulence with a cocktail in your hand, view of the azure sea, feet in the pearly white sand. A suitcase filled with memories and souvenirs to take home. Only the empty bottles of your favorite drink remain behind... All the packaging of the food and drink consumed will never leave the island....
Cleaning up the island and creating jobs
Like many other tropical islands, Zanzibar has a poor waste management system, which means that mountains of empty (wine) bottles end up in the environment. The Zanzibarian Chako sees an opportunity here. An opportunity to clean up their beautiful island, provide employment and create beautiful products.
Chako is upcycling at its best. With minimal input (by this we mean without a complicated technical process that takes a lot of energy), beautiful products are created and at the same time it provides solid employment. Chako employs mainly young people and women, a group that would otherwise have difficulty finding a job.
Local wood culture through upcycling
The mission of Chako is simple, clean up waste and provide a decent income for locals! From a simple 'shed' behind a hotel in Stone Town, Chako has grown in recent years to a clean spacious workshop, where now almost forty employees earn a good income. Chako trains new employees to become true craftsmen in glass processing or woodworking. In this way, the local woodcarving culture is preserved.