In the modern lexicon, upcycling is the word used to describe what artist Avril Ward does with large wood pallets obtained from an import company on-island.

She sands, refines and dismantles the original pieces and uses them to create headboards or tables. They are whitewashed with a hint of colour but maintain a rustic look.

A fierce environmentalist, Avril says the value of upcycling in a small society like the Cayman Islands cannot be overstated.

“It’s so needed in Cayman,” she says. “I love that many organisations and businesses are getting behind this and bringing it to the man-in-the-street’s attention.

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