Hi and welcome to Waste Me Not. My name is Mariska and I am the founder of Waste Me Not, a consultancy firm and online store and strive to provide you with sustainable solutions.
So here is how it all started. I am a born and bred South African, that has been calling the UAE my home for the past 6 years. My sustainable journey started in the UAE through my art. I started to noticed the amount of single-use coffee capsules we used and then throw away or took to recycle. I felt the capsules were too beautiful to end up in the bin and I wanted to find a better way of upcycling them. After cleaning 913 capsules, transforming them into hundreds of flowers and putting it all together, the first “Coffee Addiction Lamp” was born. Soon after the first lamp, I started to explore different ways to use recycled elements in my paintings and generally started to create beautiful things out of what was once waste.
Realising just how much waste we generate on a daily basis, and how easy it actually is to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste lead me to my goal to do my part but also to educate the world about sustainability and how each one of us can help preserve our planet. Thus far I have created many art collections featuring reused and recycled material. I am honoured to say that some of my trash to treasure creations are currently in the art collections of South African comedian and The Daily Show Host, Trevor Noah, Actor and Environmentalist, Adrian Grenier, Entrepreneur, Gary Vaynerchuck, Kris Fade, a radio presenter for the Kris Fade radio show on Virgin Radio Dubai, Black Coffee a world-renowned DJ and producer and Mason Plumlee, an NBA basketball player for the Denver Nuggets.
I have partnered with The Sustainable City as their resident artist as well as Evera as their brand ambassador, and for 30 days I embarked on the #wastemenot campaign where I wore the trash of an average global citizen to generate awareness of the number of waste people generate on a daily basis. I also started my own sustainable podcast, Mama Earth Talk, where I interview guests as well as provide advice on how you can live a more sustainable life, one step at a time.
What I am doing is only a drop in the ocean, but if we all worked together we can create a ripple effect of change for a better environment. If you do not already I urge you to follow me and my journey to a zero-waste lifestyle in the UAE on social media (@designbymariska), and to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot your own waste using the handy tips I post!