Recycling has been proffered as one of the major ways Nigeria can tackle its challenges as regards waste disposal and management.
Thankfully, Olamide Ayeni-Babajide, the founder of Pearl Recycling, a social-enterprise, recycling solid wastes into beautiful works of art, is doing her bits to restore our environment.
With waste products like tyres, bottles, newspapers, magazines, straws, plastic cutleries, wood, unused CD tapes, sea-shells and every other solid waste products, Olamide makes beautiful usable household products.
Olamide, a computer engineering graduate launched her company in 2014 after a trip to the United Arab Emirates in 2012, where she discovered a piece of art that cost several hundreds of dirhams was made from corn husk.
In a documentary aired by ChannelsTV, Olamide explained that she decided to tackle waste differently than the way the government was tackling it.
“I noticed that waste is a general problem. Waste management is a problem in Nigeria that we’ve not been able to find a solution. Most times, we see government coming up with sanctions, threats and penalties and it’s not working. So, I felt, the best way to make it work is to find a solution where people can make money out of waste or turn waste to something good”
According to the company’s website, they are different from everyday interior furniture/décor merchants.
“Ours is a different blend of interior crafting where exquisite and off the shelf home, office and personal furniture and decors are made from recycled products like woods, bottles and metals. We make Tables, Chairs, Wall mirrors, Wall Frames and Flower vases from unused materials.”