Each year, Mauritius currently generates an amount of approximately 116,000 tonnes of plastic waste. Recycling plastic waste represents a significant challenge for our society, both environmentally and economically.
Mich - Our Eco-Superstar Hello Mich! Tell us a bit about yourself! Mich - Our Eco-Superstar is from Secret Hope. After several years in the Hospitality industry and four years in Canada, I came back to take care of my mum who was on dialysis. How did you start your creative recycling career? Secret Hope started after my mum’s death in 2017. During a bus trip, I wrapped the bus ticket around my finger to make a ring and it stayed there the whole day. This remained in my thoughts and together with my deep connection with the preservation of the environment, I made some research on how I could recycle paper (used ones as newspapers and magazines). And why were you concerned with paper waste especially? Paper accounts for 25% of waste in landfill. It takes around 6 weeks for the paper to break down, so if we don't recycle the paper that we used, it all ends up in the landfill. I raised awareness around me of not throwing away what can be reused, and this is the way I got newspapers and magazines I worked with. I make dustbins, wine holders, coasters, earrings, necklaces…and so much more! The sky is the limit! Keep posted here on ecomauritius.mu - I'm also working on some exciting and pretty new products for Mother's Day! THANK YOU, MICH! Learn more about ecomauritius HERE.