The Art of Recycling Airtime Scratch Cards

Use of waste material to create art can be a great application of the popular saying, “Kill two birds with one stone” because one creates awareness about environment conservation.

In Kenya, most prepaid mobile subscribers use airtime scratch cards such as the one below to load units for calling, texting or purchasing internet data bundles.

Most people, after scratching  the cards and using the digits provided, throw away these cards. You’ll find these used cards littering every part of the city; of course we all need to keep in touch 🙂 .They are made of paper and therefore take sometime to degrade naturally. At they same time  the print colours on the paper can pose a risk to the environment due to leaching of the chemicals and dye that make them.

So I’ve taken a personal initiative to collect these used cards to create art work (montage/collages) to create awareness of creativity and environment conservation.

Below, check out my first artwork of the Joker, Batman’s arch-nemesis. This is a first of many. I’ll keep you posted on the progress. The theme to be touched on will be on “Masks”. We socialize with people everyday but many wear masks to hide their true nature and feelings. Some hurt in the inside but display an enthusiastic and happy face while others hide their dark nature within.

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  • this is awesome! won’t take it coz it’s too short but i like your joker 🙂 Wanna know how i got these scaarrrrs? 🙂

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April 16, 2012

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