A Junior Achievement Young Enterprise (JAYE) called Samara, composed of five sixth form students, is upcycling waste materials and fashioning them into unique home décor items.

The company’s bookend made from wooden pallets and wine glass bottles.The company’s bookend made from wooden pallets and wine glass bottles.

The company’s standard ‘D Vine’ range of products includes bookends that also feature a candle holder, made from wooden pallets and wine glass bottles, and decorative planters made from glass bottle bases, complemented with pebbles and colourful stones. The items can be personalised to suit customers’ tastes, with a variety of wood stains, stone colours, candle scents and plants to choose from.

The company’s name is derived from Hinduism, and means the continuation of a cycle beyond the material life. This theme is an integral part of the company’s philosophy as it seeks to give new life to resources that were destined to go to waste.

Besides competing against 16 other JAYE companies from other local sixth forms vying to win the HSBC Company of the Year award in May, the company hopes its products will help to raise awareness of Malta’s waste problems, with its landfills being nearly full and its recycling rates being among the lowest in the EU.

Part of the funds raised by the company will be used to buy special equipment needed for clean-ups organised by Malta Clean Up.

The company’s products may be viewed at a stand it will set up on Saturday at the 2nd National Youth Fair at Tigné Point, Sliema.

They may also be viewed and ordered through its Facebook page – Samsara – A JAYE Company or its website below, or by sending an e-mail to samsaramalta@gmail.com.