See Through The Waste


Cyrus Kabiru is a force to be aware of!  His work brought him the honor of being a TED Fellow. The TED Fellows program is a global network of innovators and trailblazers from a spectrum of disciplines.  Every year, more amazing change-makers join the pack.  I clicked on his You Tube video and found myself feeling really good about the world.

Digging through electronic refuse and found materials in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi, Cyrus Kabiru, refashions trash into different wearable forms, mostly flamboyantly composed glasses.

“I really love trash. I try to give trash a second chance. I change it to be something else, which is like it will stay for more than 100 years now.”  I love this guy!

His creations shuffle between performance, sculpture, and fashion—embodying the playfulness of the youth generation in Nairobi. “When you walk in town and you see someone with my glasses, the glasses will get all your attention,” said Kabiru. “If you have any stress it is like a therapy.”

In addition to his sculptures and glasses, Kabiru is a self-taught painter.  His subject matter depicts a humorous portrayal of contemporary Kenyan life.  His current series uses thousands of pounded bottle caps sewn together.


Cryus’ creativity is endless.  Every Cyrus link I find exhibits more and more of his work.  It all makes me smile.




How You Can Help:

  • Let Cyrus inspire you to rethink trash.
  • Plug into this vibrant TED community by applying to be a Fellow, sponsoring the program or exploring a world of stories about growth and impact.

Until next week,Kenya_09

Garbage Girl


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