Hands of Honour creates jobs upcycling corporate waste usually heading for landfill. Allow us to collect your obsolete stock or anything deemed ”junk” by you or your company, saving you on waste disposal costs while helping the environment and local community by creating employment and reducing crime. Using the waste materials we create wooden furniture and mobile libraries and learning environments.
According to the latest statistics*, R1,7-billion worth of obsolete stock and waste heads to landfill in South Africa every year. Sadly, South Africa is 30 years behind the rest of the world when it comes to effective waste management and has no plan in place to improve these circumstances.
Hands of Honour is already to using this challenge as a great opportunity for socioeconomic development, by creating jobs and businesses, transforming derelict spaces and reducing reliance on declining natural resources, all the while creating beautiful furniture and learning environments for children in need.
Hands of Honour creates employment in South Africa through upcycling obsolete stock and recyclable items. Corporations are the main providers of this obsolete stock or waste, “donating” their obsolete stock rather than send them on to landfill.
The upcycling programme is simple yet creates jobs and transforms both waste or obsolete stock and derelict spaces. Fifty percent of the profits made from upcycled goods are used for salaries while the other fifty percent is used to fund projects that improve their communities such as creating food gardens and upgrading early learning centres.
So far, nine full and part-time jobs have been created and eleven negative spaces have been transformed into productive ones. A portion of our profits are used to pay the annual school fees of ten poor children in our community. Dozens of men have came through our upcycling programme and have gone onto become upstanding role models in their communities and society in general. One particular success story stands out, Leyton Fillies, a former prison gang member who used to live in a car before coming to Hands of Honour, is now travelling all over South Africa as a Manager for a large company.
* Johannesburg International Waste Summit 2015