Photo of a RecyclArt necklace that won a first prize in the photo contest "Transform Your Country", sponsored by Geocycle, Stein Laboratories and the City of San José, Costa Rica.

Behind each article, crafted from what we commonly call trash,

is a dream of saving the world, in the hearts and hands of

village women recyclers,

who create beauty from “basura”, to educate their community

in the environment’s three “R’s” (reduce-reuse-recycle).

Who would guess that the origin of such art

is discarded beverage cans and cloth remnants?

Photograph: Laura Millet; text: Daniela Arguedas