During my current trip to India I’ve been adding a collection of posts to the REculture blog where we feature the post-consumption economy of repair, reuse, repurpose and recycling in low-income contexts. I thought I’d add some of the highlights here – a wee taste of post-consumption creativity.
Material Efficiency: Nestled behind a lean-to stall in Mumbai were two ingenious guys fashioning lanterns out of scrap metal and glass. They cut the salvaged glass into small sections to create the lantern casing. Given that Diwali is just around the corner – they’re bound to make a killing with very low material costs. I wasn’t the only one fascinated by their street-side enterprise – a small fan-club had gathered round and were equally impressed with their lucrative venture.