Market shoppers look for treasure in trash

A 3Rs Market day to promote "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" was held at Malaefatu Park on Saturday.

The Market Day was hosted by the Samoa Recycling and Waste Management Association (S.R.W.M.A.) for people to sell old items they longer need.

The President of S.R.W.M.A, Marina Keil told the Samoa Observer on Saturday that it is the closing of global recycling week.

"We hope to have more markets like this in the near future because we got a lot of interest," she said.

She said the idea that "One man's trash is another man's treasure" lead them to decide to set up stalls for the public to sell their used items.   

Mrs. Keil also explained that the market promotes environmentally-friendly products. 

One of the vendors, Nynette Sass had set up a stall at the 3Rs Market on Saturday as she wants to be part of something important to the environment and Samoa.

"I firmly believe in recycling and reusing and reducing all the waste that we are putting out in the environment," she said.

"For me I want to be part of something that's important to our environment and to our country, so this is why I am here.

"And I’m also supporting the ladies behind S.R.W.M.A."

Sass said that she and the ladies of S.R.W.M.A. had all taken a directors course together, and discovered that they have the same passion for the country and the environment; so it was important that they all support each other.

"Today I decided to bring my books because all they are doing is taking up space at home so I'd rather bring them out here, sell them really cheap so somebody else can use them," she said.

Lai Yandall-Alama was also at the 3Rs market on Saturday selling earrings made out of recyclable plastics. 

She told the Samoa Observer that all the earrings are made from plastics found at home.

"Our earrings are made of recyclable plastics, things that are lying around in the house and I think during [COVID-19] time we decided to just use the materials we had, you know, to just see if we can sell a few things," she said. 

She said that they had started selling the earrings during Christmas and the 3Rs Market is the second time they have put them up for sale. 

"It’s all in us to come up with ideas to, you know, make money and we have things lying around in the house that we can use," she said.

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