Changing mindsets about upcycling

Social enterprise Terra SG, co-founded by Eric Oh (top), sells upcycled products such as coin pouches made from drinks cartons (above) and lights made from vodka bottles (left).
Social enterprise Terra SG, co-founded by Eric Oh (above), sells upcycled products such as coin pouches made from drinks cartons and lights made from vodka bottles.ST PHOTOS: ALVIN HO
Social enterprise Terra SG, co-founded by Eric Oh (top), sells upcycled products such as coin pouches made from drinks cartons (above) and lights made from vodka bottles (left).
Social enterprise Terra SG, co-founded by Eric Oh, sells upcycled products such as coin pouches made from drinks cartons (above) and lights made from vodka bottles.ST PHOTOS: ALVIN HO
Social enterprise Terra SG, co-founded by Eric Oh (top), sells upcycled products such as coin pouches made from drinks cartons (above) and lights made from vodka bottles (left).
Social enterprise Terra SG, co-founded by Eric Oh, sells upcycled products such as coin pouches made from drinks cartons and lights made from vodka bottles (above).ST PHOTOS: ALVIN HO

Step into the Arab Street office of social enterprise Terra SG and you will be greeted by the sight of upholstered seats made from tyres, juice cartons-turned-coin pouches and vodka bottles filled with fairy lights.

One man's waste is another man's treasure - and the environmental group is on a mission to encourage more people in Singapore to not just realise that, but also convert waste materials into useful products.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2018, with the headline 'Changing mindsets about upcycling'. Print Edition | Subscribe