Necessity is the mother of invention, and the necessity for cheap, imported goods in Ethiopia has led to a boom in recycling. USAID cans are transformed into ovens, siding for houses, and workout equipment. Children ask tourists for "water," and they mean the bottles, not the liquid inside, since they can be cleaned and reused. Glass and metal are used to buttress clay dwellings. In America, it may not be as profitable to recycle the way Ethiopians do, but their ingenuity challenges all of us to do more with less.
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