One of the key take-outs of 2020 has been to box smarter, and to constantly look for innovative ways to continue to create employment for marginalised people from the Cape Flats in Cape Town. As a lineal economic model increasingly starts making way for a circular economy, Hands of Honour is well positioned to implement a system of utilising resources in a way where reduction, reuse, and recycling of elements prevails on a far larger scale than it has been doing to date.
It is for this reason that we have started experimenting with the concept of ‘whiteboxing’ of buildings. Whiteboxing, still a relatively new concept in South Africa, involves stripping buildings which are for sale of waste materials such as carpets, tiling, furniture, lighting, and the like, so that its new owners are able to move into a clean shell and start redecorating according to their business needs.
Whiteboxing also allows for training and upskilling opportunities for those working on the project since more experienced artisans are brought into such projects for guidance and mentorship on stripping of waste materials.
Benefits to clients of whiteboxing include cost savings on transport and waste disposal.