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Numerous benefits of recycling

Solomone Rabulu
Friday, February 09, 2018

THERE are numerous benefits of recycling, says 50-year-old Safaira Tagivuni.

Mrs Tagivuni has been selling purses, pencil cases, laptop bags and book covers made from recycled plastic wrappers for the past 20 years.

"A woman has the best creative mind one can imagine. We can make use of anything in turning them to something useful," Mrs Tagivuni said.

"Recycling not only benefits the environment, but also have a positive effect on the economy.

"There is a multitude of benefits that come from recycling; it's how creative one can be in making something out of it."

Mrs Tagivuni said her recycling initiatives had played a major part in her family, especially the education of her children.

"I have six children and this project that I do greatly benefits us as a family," she said.

"I collect plastic rubbish from inside the buses, supermarkets and I even ask the women around the market to keep their rubbish instead of just throwing them away.

"The good thing about the products that we make out of this rubbish is that it's very long lasting, my purse that I currently use is now 15 years old and I am still using it."

Mrs Tagivuni makes her products on order, earning $40 per laptop bag, $25-$30 per book cover and $10 to $20 for purses.

She said she had too many orders that she gets late in delivering them.

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