Ngwenya Glass

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The magical art of glassblowing with each item handmade from 100% recycled glass!

Since its rebirth in 1987, Ngwenya Glass has been more than an inspiring success story. It is an environmentalists dream.

The products, which include a range of tableware, drinking glasses, vases, jugs and ornamental African animals, are all handmade from recycled glass. Most of this is from soft drink bottles, gathered from all over Swaziland. Not only are the people of Swaziland encouraged to collect the bottles, but Ngwenya Glass works with the local schools to instill in the children a sense of environmental awareness. In exchange for building materials and the sponsorship of the soccer team, the students must participate in roadside clean-up campaigns.

The reason Ngwenya Glass is so special is that only re-cycled glass is used - mainly old cool drink bottles, and that each and every piece is totally handmade and mouth blown. People from all over Swaziland collect bottles and are paid per kilo for clean glass.

Ngwenya must be the cleanest area because any bottle that catches the children's attention finds its way into the factory!

Ngwenya Glass is concerned with conservation and organises environmental clean-up days along the main roads in their area. We do this by encouraging the schools in their area to do these clean-ups in exchange for donations of building materials or soccer kits etc. They believe that by educating our children about environmental issues, we are going to have a chance of saving our planet.

And finally, as if willing the survival of the wildlife species that inspire their craftsmen to produce works of art, Ngwenya Glass launched the Kingdoms most successful wildlife conservation fund to date. Known as the Ngwenya Glass Rhino and Elephant Fund, its proceeds go directly to saving these rare and endangered animals which have been saved from the brink of extinction for a second time in the recent history of Swaziland. A percentage of Ngwenya Glass sales worldwide are donated to this Fund.

Ngwenya Glassware is found all over the world and in countless establishments, including Londolozi Game Reserves, CC Africa, Southern Sun.

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