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YB Green is recycling all over the world. I just wrapped up 15 months abroad where I participated in several workshops to incorporate traditional European glass-making and silversmithing techniques into my designs. During my journey, I came across an awesome project led by social entrepreneurs in Halle, Germany. This city is the most blighted city in Germany and while some may see it as an empty city full abandoned buildings from the Cold War, the people of Halle see it as an opportunity to rebuild and redefine living, especially through art. I am reminded of the 9th Ward’s Global Green and Make it Right projects. Therefore, it was fitting for me to create a special collection using glass from Halle to benefit a specific project where an old slaughterhouse is being recycled into a cooperative housing and working community (Genossenschaft Halle-im-Wandel). You can read more (in German) here and here (English and German).
I will always have a special place for New Orleans because in 2009, I created YB Green to raise awareness that the City of New Orleans has not recycled glass since Hurricane Katrina and there is a community need for it. Even though I have moved to other communities, every time I visit my family, I collect glass bottles from the 9th Ward in New Orleans to make jewelry. As YB Green grows, I hope to add more communities, more stories, and more jewelry collections centered about recycling.
YB Green is available in person at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in Remagen Germany, the Katzen Museum Shop at American University in Washington DC, PLUP (Planet Upcycling) in Düsseldorf, Germany. YB Green is also available on ETSY.
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