Africa Creative Sustainable Synergy Hub to Open First Nigerian Waste Museum In 2021


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The African Creative Sustainability Synergy Hub plans to open the first Nigerian waste museum in 2021. Mrs. Adejumoke Olowookere, Founder of the Hub made this point in a recent conversation on waste management activities in the country.

According to Olowookere "Waste products in communities come in different forms that blight our environment, but recycling and upcycling these products go a long way in creating a sustainable world for people to live healthy and productive lives".

The Ecopreneur, who is also a teacher of Arts said she started as a "9 am to 5 pm worker" but her passion for transforming and revamping items led her into the waste management industry.

According to the visual artist, the journey into waste management started when she realized the amount of waste generated in her kitchen.

In a bid to reduce the waste she started reading up on the matter, which led to her venturing into the upcycling segment of Waste Management.

Recalling her company's mission statement "Creating a Sustainable World Without Waste", Olowookere said the AFCSSH was able to come up with the "5Rs and a U" as a pneumonic to help remember the thoughts behind waste management, the 'Rs' stand for: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Refuse, Repair, while the 'U' stands for Upcycle.

This means that if every household works with this mantra, it would be possible to create a sustainable world that is clean and environmentally friendly.

Speaking on waste product sourcing, Olowookere said the circular economy allows for the reuse of every item through upcycling.  She also added that she gets these products from Eco-homes that are aware of what she does.

From converting worn-out car tires into an ottoman and ceiling panel to making curtains and jewelry from bottle tops, the ecopreneur explained that her inspiration is based on the need to revamp any waste product into something meaningful.

In terms of policies that can be implemented to improve waste management and operate a circular economy, Olowookere suggested that waste recycling and upcycling should be introduced in schools and included in the learning curriculum.

According to her, teaching about waste management and sustainability in schools would be effective in passing the message across society.

She also suggested that every public space must have a separate trash can for different waste products, as it would lessen the burden of sorting waste by recyclers. She called on private organizations to take their corporate social responsibility (CSR) seriously as it can positively affect the community.

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