You.Com Report on workshops

Last week we unfortunately finished the Youcom workshops about recycling managed by Crenaika, Fahadi, Viginie, Shrija and Megha.

They wrote a final report wich can be considered like a scientific essay about the ways they used, step by step, to recycle materials.

Let’s read it together! Well done guys, we are sure it will be very useful!

During the three months in Italy from October to December, We volunteers organized creative recycling workshop under YOU.COM project. We taught and helped the participants to make very easy and simple recycled products. We conducted a total of 5 workshops. The details are as follows.

First workshop
Date: 21st November 2017
Venue: Vivao la porto
Theme: Recycling of PET bottles

A. Hanging Flower Pots

  1. Take the bottle and remove the paper covering of it.

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  1. Cut the bottle clean edges.

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  1. Make holes on bottle, insert rope and tie it.


  1. Make holes on the bottom part of the pot for drainage. Put soil into the bottle.

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  1. Put water and seeds and after a week you can see buds growing.


B. Flower pots


  1. Take the remaining bottom cutout of the bottle.
  2. Make holes in the bottom.
  3. Cover the bottle with African Textile using glue.


  1. Put soil into it.
  2. Put water and seeds


Second Workshop

Date: 24th November 2017
Venue: Social cooperative officina 22
Theme: Recycling of wine bottles and cane


  1. Take glue and wool attach by starting to the top or bottom of the bottle or can.
  2. Put glue at the starting point and then roll the wool around the can or bottles.

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  1. Then finish by putting again the glue in order to close the wool to the bottle or can



Third Workshop
Date: 1st December 2017
Venue: Social cooperative officina 22
Theme: Recycling Winebottles


1. Take glass bottles and remove the cover of the bottles.


2 . Paint the lower half part of the bottles and let it dry.

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3. Dig the ground and put bottles on the soil in a way that the painted part is visible above the ground.

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Fourth workshop
Date: 12th December 2017
Venue: Ibervillea Vivaio
Theme: Recycling newspapers/magazines


  1. Cut the newspaper in long pieces and with the help of glue and knitting needles make spokes.
    (Spokes: Newspaper rolled in longitudinal shape)

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  1. Take cardboard in a shape you prefer: square or rectangle and paste four spokes in four edges making a cross shape.


  1. Add one more spoke in any one of the side.


  1. Cover it with a paper for better attachment of spokes to the cardboard.
  2. Turn the cardboard upside down and start bending to the base one by one in a way that one spoke is on top of another alternately until the size you prefer.


  1. If the spokes get finish, add thin spoke into a bigger one to connect them.


  1. Put glue at the end of the last spoke and cut out the extra unwanted spokes to finish it.



Fifth workshop
Date: 15th December 2017
Venue: Social Cooperative Officina 22
Theme: Recycling cans


1. Take cane and remove the cover then make hole in the bottom.

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2. Start to paint the can then wait to be dry.
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3. Put soil in the can, add water and plant seeds.


As we were doing the workshops, we hoped that the participants in Officina 22 and Vivaio Ibervillea had some productive time by doing creative recycling activities and as well as learned to reuse and recycle in real life.

Since the participants were more or less staying and spending their days in their treatment, rather than just staying idle, we hope the workshop helped them to use their time fruitfully. We also found that the participants were very interested and were keen to learn to recycle. They learned how to upcycle our household waste into decorative and many useful things. We hope being part of the workshop, they got to engage on social works, social interaction and got their mind diverted which could help to reduce anxiety and stress.