Glass animals from Swazi
In addition to creating wonderfully original and beautiful pieces, Ngwenya Glass launched the Kingdom’s most successful wildlife conservation fund to date.
Known as the Ngwenya Glass Rhino and Elephant Fund, its proceeds go directly to saving these rare and endangered animals which have been saved from the brink of extinction for a second time in the recent history of Swaziland. A percentage of Ngwenya Glass’ sales worldwide are donated to this Fund.
Ngwenya handmade animals
These beautiful animals are all made from 100% recycled glass in Swaziland. This glass mostly comes from drinks bottles, and those collecting these wasted bottles, are paid by the kilo. As a result, the area around the glass factory is incredibly clean and tidy, and the glass is given another life, as a gorgeous piece of hand blown glass! What a brilliant solution to waste and environment.
All of these animals are hand blown, by a talented group of craftspeople in Swaziland. The project was originally set up by a Swedish Aid Project in 1979, who taught local Swazis the art of glass blowing. The project closed briefly in 1985, but, thank goodness, was reopened and restarted again in 1987.
The emblem of the crocodile is used by Ngwenya glass, as one of the mountains surrounding the Kingdom of Swaziland, resembles a basking crocodile.