Want not, waste not

Thursday November 28, 2019 Written by Published in Entertainment
Artist Sabine Janneck and her partner Sasha Schmitt. Artist Sabine Janneck and her partner Sasha Schmitt.

Compliments in town for bag made from plastic waste. Anneka Brown reports from Sabine Janneck’s exhibition at the Bergman Pearl Market gallery.


 Billions of tonnes of plastic waste have been produced globally and in Cook Islands. A great deal of Rarotonga’s plastic ends up in the Arorangi landfill; more pollutes the ocean and coastlines of the island.

In an effort to raise environmental awareness about this issue, Sabine Janneck, co- owner of The Big Fish Dive Centre, has woven plastic waste into everyday fashion objects and her months of hard work was displayed last night at the Bergman Pearl Market gallery.

“I was blown away by the amount of people who came to support me and really loved the pieces,” said Janneck.

Around 60 people attended Janneck’s exhibition and quite a few pieces were sold on the night.

The very next day, Janneck said one lady who purchased one of her recycled plastic woven bags wore it to town and told her about all the compliments she had gotten.

Jeff Halston, chairman of Rarotonga Environment Authority and Jolene Bosanquet, secretary of the Te Ipukarea Society both said a few words to share their passion for the protection of the environment.

Gallery owner Ben Bergman said he was amazed by the turnout for the event. Some of Janneck’s work would remain permanent pieces on sale at the Bergman pearl market print room.

“We are very proud to be associated with an environmental cause and pleased that Sabine has come up with a clever way to repurpose plastic waste and start a conversation,” said Bergman.

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