First collect

Last week I received an email from Guitarking. It’s Wilma: “Hi Robben, hope you’re doing fine in these crazy times … We have a box with old strings weighing about 7 kilos. I would like to send them in, can you send me a shipping label.”

A few days later, there is an old cardboard box on my doorstep. I open the box and see a pile of strings with a piece of cardboard on top “Reuse packaging for a better world”. Call me sentimental, but I love that.

I guess it’s time to get my hands dirty and dab in this pile of strings. I’ll spare you the details 😉 While sorting out the strings, I wonder what I’m actually doing. Wa un gepiel! (how do you say this in English?)

When I finally finish I get a sense of accomplishment. How such a small pile of sorted strings can be so satisfying. Don’t you feel that, just a little bit, when you look at these pictures?

So, what to do with these sorted out piles?

For now, I’ll leave them there. If you look at the number of strings, this is already a great achievement, but for the recycling industry these are very small volumes.

So, when the boxes are full I’ll take the metals to a scrap dealer and for the nylon I’ll look for a dedicated recycler who can handle it. I am confident that as our supply increases, our possibilities for recycling will also increase.

In the meantime, I have placed a progress counter on the StringSavers website so we can track our progress.

That’s it for now. If you have something to say, please leave a comment below.

See ya next time!

Cheerz, Robben

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