Below are examples of fair trade recycled glass beads from Africa. Fair trade recycled glass beads are made by women in Africa and this has been promoted by many countries and individuals in the West for several reasons.
People are promoting the development of the industry making these recycled glass beads because it is a way of empowering women in these countries and developing the economies. The importance of empowered women in a society cannot be overemphasized – the priority of mothers is their society and their families.
Beads from recycled glass are unique in their color, shape, size and texture. This is a great pro for those who like being unique. These beads are unique because the technology used in Africa is not too developed and so there is no risk of duplication and because the material making the beads is recycled from glasses of different colors.
Glass that is improperly disposed of can cause injuries in countries where some of the residents walk without shoes. Glass is not bio-degradable and when it is thrown away, it will be an eye sore for many years. This is especially a problem in Africa where services such as garbage disposal are not readily available. There are very few glass recycling plants in Africa and making recycled glass beads is a great way of getting rid of the glass.
Some people are promoting the industry for commercial purposes. Labor is cheap in Africa and glass is readily available since there are very few recycling plants. These beads are very popular and so anyone who has invested in the industry will make a killing.