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Jewellery made of upcycled bottles and cans rethinks waste

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Brisbane, QLD, Akili Australia, 27 August 2021 – Materials treated as disposable waste are often good quality, long-lasting packaging that we should not discard after only one use. Akili Australia, a small local business based in Brisbane, is launching Jewellery handmade with upcycled shampoo bottles, aluminium cans and even x-ray plates.

The aluminium used for soft drink cans, for instance, used to be a precious metal. It can retain its features for decades, never losing its colour nor shine. Likewise, the plastic used for shampoo bottles is colourful, flexible, translucid and incredibly durable.


Akili jewellery made of upcycled materials

The pieces are timeless, long-lasting, and certainly will make us question why perfectly re-usable materials are disposed of after only one use. The collection proves that everyday packaging materials polluting our environment certainly last more than a lifetime and can be easily repurposed as affordable Jewellery.


Akili jewellery made of upcycled materials

“When I was separating recyclable from organic waste, I noticed the amount of resistant, beautiful and colourful materials people discarded after only one use. I then realised I could create beautiful pieces with these materials,” said Jewellery Designer Carol Barreto.

The product range includes necklaces, rings and earrings handcrafted with a combination of silver or hypoallergenic stainless steel and upcycled packaging materials

Akili Australia offers a range of sustainable style products, including handmade shoes, bags, hats, scarves, Jewellery and homeware. All our products come with a positive social impact and low cost to the environment. We are in business to connect Australian conscious consumers with women-led artisan enterprises shaping a better future with ethical products in developing communities. Find out more at

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Lourdes Antenor is an experienced writer who specialises in the not-for-profit sector and its affiliations. She is the content producer for Third Sector News, an online knowledge-based platform for and about the Australian NFP sector.


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