On Madiba Day, The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) team spent their 67 minutes for Mandela, converting everyday waste to warmth, by crafting sleeping bags for the homeless. The initiative aims to raise awareness regarding homelessness and poverty experienced in South Africa, and ties into the ethos of TGRC team who wholeheartedly believe in the value of reusing and recycling waste, to reduce the impact of waste on landfill
These clever but simple sleeping bags are constructed out of recycled materials including newspaper and plastic bags. Each sleeping bag is inserted into a sturdy waterproof cover made from repurposed billboard material.
The Make-and-Donate-a-Sleeping-Bag campaign has been hosted by Kingsmead College in Rosebank, Johannesburg for several years and is run in partnership with Community Hours, an NGO that facilitates and manages community service activities.
“Madiba spent his lifetime in service to the country and it is important for all South Africans to adopt an attitude of service towards others and the country,” said TGRC CEO, Shabeer Jhetam during the activity. “I am really excited about our team participating in this ingenious recycling endeavour on Mandela Day. We believe that as conscientious citizens we can all make a difference by making small but important choices daily, to make the world a better place.”