What Madagascar does with its Recycled Metal

What Madagascar does with its Recycled Metal

Some of our most popular products are the fabulous model vehicles from Madagascar. These vehicles have been mainly crafted from recycled beer and fizzy drinks metal cans by talented artisans who carry out “Kapoaka” – the art of skilfully turning unwanted aluminium cans into models. This has started us thinking about aluminium recycling – recycling being one of the big things of the 21st century when it seems the whole world is becoming overloaded with junk! Here are some amazing facts about aluminium and its recycling:

Aluminum's Shinning Facts

  • Discovered in the 1820s, aluminum is the most abundant metal on earth
    • 24 million tonnes of aluminium is produced annually, 51,000 tonnes of which ends up as packaging in the UK.
    • If all cans in the UK were recycled, we would need 14 million fewer dustbins
    • £36 million worth of aluminium is thrown away each year, (which is alot).
    • 1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
    • A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can in as little as 60 days
    • Aluminum is a durable and sustainable metal: Two-thirds of the aluminum ever produced is still in use today
    • Every minute, an average of 113,204 aluminum cans are recycled
    • Making new aluminum cans from used cans takes 95 percent less energy.  Twenty recycled cans can be made with the energy needed to produce one can using virgin ore
We buy from Madagascar artisans who make for the fair trade organisation: Bezalila - click here to read more about them. They make the most amazing models from aluminum cans from racing bikes to iconic aeroplane – buy them now from Voyage Fair Trade!

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