Wednesday 26th July, 2017
Olaff Alejo's salt lamps are eerily beautiful and designed to purify the air.Yet the Cuban designer must rummage through trash bins and scour the sidewalks of Havana for scraps of wood and obsolete electrical devices to manufacture them.In Communist-run Cuba, designers of clothes and household goods say the absence of wholesale stores as well as the expense and scarcity of raw materials have forced them to get creative. Many turn to repurposing and recycling the materials at hand.These pioneers of the island's fledgling private sector say they are turning a competitive disadvantage into an ass...
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