Mandela Day Project
I was invited by adidas to be part of the Eco-Brick project on Mandela Day (18 July 2019) at the adidas(sa) headquarters in Cape Town. I learnt about the importance of adopting sustainable practices and created EcoBricks using non-recyclable plastic waste. Let me just say that it is so wonderful to be part of a global sports company that goes out to our communities and uses sport to change lives. It was a fun experience, building eco-bricks with the Orlando Pirates football team and creating something extraordinary from something that people just want to get rid of. The EcoBricks will be turned into functional structures for the Yomela Primary School playground in Khayelitsha.
Three months later, we visited Yomela Primary, to engage with the kids and present their new eco- brick bench for the playground. This experience brought me so much joy, seeing the kids happy and so grateful to have us there. There was lots of games and even some adidas cupcakes to end off a really amazing day.
Plastic free Oceans
Plastics usually don’t break down into liquid form but as smaller solids, called micro-plastics. Nobody really knows how long it takes for plastic to break down into its chemical compounds – it could be hundreds or thousands of years. Micro-plastics can cause devastating effects on our oceans. I support the initiative by adidas to keep our oceans plastic free . They have been really creative by collaborating with enviromental organization Parley, to create shoes from recycled plastic.