Forget gold or silver, these jewelers are using recycled paper

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Artisans in Swaziland are creating jewelry using old magazines

Women are finding a voice and economic freedom through the artisan collective

CNN  — 

Quazi Design is small and green, yet empowering and elegant. Its mission is two-fold, aiming to fight the stereotype that recycled means ugly and help women in Africa’s last absolute monarchy be independent.

It all started in 2009, with a Swaziland local magazine distributor called Flotsam who wanted to put all their wasted paper to use. They teamed up with British eco-designer Doron Shaltiel and hired 14 women to create handmade jewelry and home design objects out of magazine pages. Quazi Design objects are now available internationally and sell in Europe, the US and Australia.