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Earth Day

From recycled sculptures to sustainable shoppers, this Earth Day collection has it all. Whether you are looking for items made from repurposed materials, or ways to minimize your carbon footprint, this collection has options! 

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$36.00

Zimbabwean sculptors utilize repurposed metal and discarded teapots to create these unique rooster planters. These small roosters feature white or brown teapots, grey or brown wings and red accents. A whimsical and rustic way to mix up your garden decor!

Limited edition, only a few available. Measures approximately 12-14" T, 12-14" L, and 10" W. The teapot opening is approximately 4" W. All feature a back handle on the teapot. These planters are handcrafted using upcycled materials and will vary.

Please note: recycled metal may feature some sharp edges, and is not suitable for children. Since the teapots are recycled, there may be holes and signs of wear, ensuring that each truly is one-of-a-kind!

About the Artisans:

Artisans at the Tonderai Metal Works in Zimbabwe use recycled materials and discarded oil drums to create stunning works of art and feature one-of-a-kind detailing.

Tonderai Metal Works in Zimbabwe
$44.00

Zimbabwean sculptor Maxwell Marufu utilizes recycled metal and decommissioned cooking pots to create these unique wart hog outdoor planters. One needs only add a potted plant to create a whimsical corner of the yard and garden.

The sculptures can be displayed inside or outside of the home and are one-of-a-kind. Because they are made of metal, the sculptures will develop a patina when exposed to the elements. Because they are crafted from scrap metal, each will vary.

Sold individually. Size: [Small] 14"L x 8.5"W x 14"T; [Medium] 16"L x 9"W x 16"T; [Large] 17"L x 11"W x 20"T. Sizes may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Artisans at the Tonderai Metal Works in Zimbabwe use recycled materials and discarded oil drums to create stunning works of art and feature one-of-a-kind detailing.

Tonderai Metal Works in Zimbabwe
$82.00

These fun recycled metal hippo planters are handcrafted from washers, nuts and other salvaged metal pieces. These unique sculptures can be used as planters for small plants or succulents. The bottom is very porous; we recommend lining with dried moss before planting. Adaptable beyond simple planters, these sculptures can be used to hold a variety of items inside the home and outdoors.

The sculptures can be displayed inside or outside of the home and are one-of-a-kind. Because they are made of metal, the sculptures will develop a patina when exposed to the elements. Measures 14"L x 9"W x 6"T but may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

Moses and his small workshop of craftsmen build their own welding machines out of copper coil, tape, steel rod, and a sheet metal housing in order to create these spectacular metal works of art. Moses began his artistic career making furniture, but quickly switched to sculpture after an interested European buyer created a demand for his works abroad.

$28.00

A smaller version of our beautiful and durable Bolga baskets, this popular basket style is handwoven from thick, tough elephant grass and will stand up to use and abuse and remain functional and beautiful for years. To re-shape, simply wet, shape by hand, and let dry.

This small size is wonderful small storage, and it's perfect for children's hands. Add a stuffed animal for a wonderful fair trade gift for a child!

This natural basket features a leather-wrapped handle in a rich red-brown. Measures 8"D x 8"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, size may vary slightly. 

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$18.00

These unique and useful totes are handcrafted from discarded plastic water sachets—an ingenious way to upcycle a common source of litter in Accra, Ghana! Artisans employed by the company known as Trashy Bags™ collect and clean the ubiquitous water sachets in Accra, then transform them into handcrafted totes.

This would be a great gift for eco-conscious friends & family, to use as a tote for the grocery, beach, lake, or pool!

When folded and zipped up, this recycled bag’s compact size of only 9"L x 7"W x 1"T (as shown in the photo of the small bag) allows it to be tucked into a bag, car or backpack until needed. Opened, it extends to a generous size of 14"L x 8"W x 15"T (to top of bag), 21"T (to top of handles).

Due to the nature of the recycled materials, each bag will vary. 

About the Artisans:

Seeking a solution to the tons of plastic waste produced and discarded in Ghana each year, Trashy Bags has built a thriving company around recycling abundant discarded plastic water pouches. Trashy Bags employs 60 full-time workers at their workshop in Accra, Ghana, to collect, wash and transform recycled plastic into reusable totes and other products that are used widely in Ghana and exported for use by eco-conscious citizens worldwide. 

$28.00

"It always seems impossible until it's done."

Beautifully screen printed, this statement tote bag showcases Nelson Mandela's quotation, "It always seems impossible until it's done."

Size: 13.5"L x 4"W x 15"T (to top of bag), 24"T (to top of handles). Sold singly. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

At Yda Walt Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa, talented owner/designer Yda Walt and a small team of artisans dream up inspirational products centered on South African life and ethos.

$66.00

Woven from durable elephant grass by artisans in Ghana, this beautiful tote features black pinstripes and a natural grass handle. The perfect accessory from home to market to beach and beyond.

Can be rinsed and reshaped with cool water as needed.

Measures 20"L x 8"W x 12"T (18"T to top of handle). Due to the handmade nature of this basket, slight variation is expected. [Click to read our Statement on Handmade Variation]

$58.00

Durable and roomy, this handwoven sisal tote will allow you to carry all kinds of gear! Sustainable and fair trade, the perfect staple for your wardrobe.

Measures 16"D x 16.5"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

In the rural Kenyan countryside around the city of Kitui, women specialize in weaving the tough fibers of the agave sisalana plant. Sisal's spiky leaf clusters erupt from a dry landscape and often requires long journeys to gather. Once woven, these womens' totes are sold to local and international markets. Singing, dancing, and chatting make weaving for export an enjoyable social event!

$72.00

These durable, natural fiber baskets are woven from milulu, a reed-like grass that grows near the city of Iringa, Tanzania.

Dyed to a rich black with vivid purple undertones (see photos) from the dying process, the baskets are useful for storage and organizing throughout your home. They can be rinsed and reshaped with cool water as needed. 

Sold individually; choose from 3 sizes. Approximate measurements: Small 10" wide x 10" tall; Medium 12" wide x 12" tall; Large 13" wide x 13" tall. Because this product is handmade, size and design placement will vary.

About the Artisans:

Vikapu Bomba embodies the vision of Catherine Shembilu to create sustainable income for talented, rural Tanzanian women. For many women living in the lush southern highlands, life centers around subsistence farming, cooking, cleaning, and caring for children. Women can weave baskets between their other duties, working daily to earn money to pay school fees, buy food, procure farming supplies and contribute to savings. When a woman has money of her own to use or share, she has greater influence over her life and future.

Milulu grass reeds can be harvested carefully from the marsh without removing the entire plant. The reeds are dried in the sun, dyed with natural dyes, and split for weaving. The closeness to the earth of both maker and product gives these beautifully crafted baskets natural appeal.

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$72.00

Interweaving natural and dyed grasses to create intricate patterns, Tanzanian artisans hand-craft these stylish baskets. The baskets are named for the weaver, Maila, who perfected the new woven design.

These all-natural baskets are handwoven from milulu, a reed-like grass that grows near the city of Iringa, Tanzania. The milulu makes durable baskets, which can be rinsed with cool water and reshaped as needed.

Sold individually; choose from 3 sizes. Approximate measurements: Small 10" wide x 10" tall; Medium 12" wide x 12" tall; Large 13" wide x 13" tall. Because this product is handmade, size and design placement will vary.

About the Artisans:

Tanzanian woman artisan, weaving Maila baskets

Vikapu Bomba embodies the vision of Catherine Shembilu to create sustainable income for talented, rural Tanzanian women. For many women living in the lush southern highlands, life centers around subsistence farming, cooking, cleaning, and caring for children. Women can weave baskets between their other duties, working daily to earn money to pay school fees, buy food, procure farming supplies and contribute to savings. When a woman has money of her own to use or share, she has greater influence over her life and future.

Milulu grass reeds can be harvested carefully from the marsh without removing the entire plant. The reeds are dried in the sun, dyed with natural dyes, and split for weaving. The closeness to the earth of both maker and product gives these beautifully crafted baskets natural appeal.

$56.00

Skilled basket weavers in Ghana, West Africa, use twisted strands of tough elephant grass to create useful, stylish baskets for the home. Each all-natural basket has a pair of sturdy woven handles for easy transport.

This shallow, open basket will be useful in many rooms of the home or even the garden.

Size: 19" diameter x 6" tall.

$68.00

Skilled basket weavers in Ghana, West Africa, use twisted strands of tough elephant grass to create useful, stylish baskets for the home. Each all-natural basket has a pair of sturdy woven handles for easy transport. 

Approximate size: 20" diameter x 10" tall. Due to the handmade nature of this item, some variation is expected.

$68.00

This versatile set of nesting baskets is handwoven using strands of natural and hand-dyed sisal. Versatile and stylish, these baskets are perfect for mixing up storage in any space.

Sizes: [Small] 6"D x 6"T [Medium] 8"D x 8"T [Large] 10"D x 10"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

In the rural Kenyan countryside around the city of Kitui, women specialize in weaving the tough fibers of the agave sisalana plant. Sisal's spiky leaf clusters erupt from a dry landscape and often requires long journeys to gather. Once woven, these baskets are sold to local and international markets. Singing, dancing, and chatting make weaving for export an enjoyable social event!

$78.00

These detailed sculptures from Senegal are crafted from recycled beer and soda cans, along with other recycled materials. Each vehicle includes delightful details, such as moving side mirrors, working wheels, and accessories in the top rack.

A wonderful example of recycled art, these unique sculptures are a must-have for collectors and Land Rover enthusiasts.

Choose from Small or Large. Approximate measurements: Small 8"L x 6"T x 4"W, Large 9"L x 7"T x 4.5"W. Due to the handmade and recycled nature of this item, variation is expected. For example, logo placement will vary on each vehicle, and the types of cans used for accessories will vary.

Not recommended for use as a toy.

About the Artisans:

Senegalese artisan Boubacar excels at transforming discarded metal into wildly creative modern art. Boubacar's knack for cleverly highlighting commercial text from aluminum cans makes each of his creations a folk art masterpiece.

$32.00

Fun and sustainable, these colorful bicycles are handmade in Senegal using recycled beverage cans! Each bike features working pedals and wheels, a kickstand, and a drink bottle attached to the frame.

Choose a color/beverage type in the dropdown. Due to the handmade and recycled nature of these items, exact designs will vary. Sold individually. Measures approximately 10"L x 4"W x 5.5"T.

Please note that some bikes feature straight handlebars while others feature curved handlebars.

About the Artisans:

Located in the heart of Dakar, Senegal, Malick Mbaye and his partner Jacque produce amazingly creative sculptures using recycled aluminum and tin from coffee, tomato, sardine, pop and beer cans. Their work is praised for its attention to detail and whimsical design.

$32.00

Handcrafted from recycled paper, glue and wire, this charming sculpture features a man biking a load of chickens to sell at market. Artfully crafted, this brightly colored piece is sustainably sourced and a wonderful addition to the home.

Measures 7"L x 3"W x 7"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of each sculpture, size and color may vary slightly.

About the Artisan:

Chrispen is a creative Zambian artist who specializes in creative village scenes in papier-mâché. He crafts the scenes from wire, then layers recycled paper to achieve the final shape of the figure, before hand-painting each sculpture vibrant colors and patterns.

$42.00

These fun triceratops dinosaur sculptures are a colorful and eco-friendly way to recycle flip flops that would otherwise litter urban Nairobi or clog up landfills. We work directly with a small co-op of Kenyan artisans who collect, clean and transform foam footwear into bold modern safari art sculptures.

Size: [Small] 8"L x 2"W x 3"T [Medium] 11"L x 3"W x 5"T. Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

In Kenya, artisans convert discarded flip flops into one-of-a-kind art. Operating from a small Nairobi workshop, the dedicated group offers employment and creative opportunities while also keeping flip flop foam out of the landfills.

Flip flop artisans in Nairobi workshop

$92.00

This fun and distinctive elephant sculpture is made from hundreds of flip flops that have been hand-formed, carved, and cemented together by artisans in Kenya.

These statement sculptures are a colorful and eco-friendly way to recycle flip flops that would otherwise litter urban Nairobi or sit in landfills. We work directly with a small co-op of Kenyan artisans who collect, clean and transform foam footwear into bold modern safari art sculptures.

Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and designs will vary. Measures 17"L x 7"W x 16"T (with trunk up). Sizes may vary slightly.

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About the Artisans:

In Kenya, artisans convert discarded flip flops into one-of-a-kind art. Operating from a small Nairobi workshop, the dedicated group offers employment and creative opportunities while also keeping flip flop foam out of the landfills.

Flip flop artisans in Nairobi workshop

$58.00

This large playful turtle is handcrafted from recycled flip flops in Kenya.

These statement sculptures are a colorful and eco-friendly way to recycle flip flops that would otherwise litter urban Nairobi or sit in landfills. We work directly with a small co-op of Kenyan artisans who collect, clean and transform foam footwear into bold modern safari art sculptures.

Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and designs will vary. Measures 20" long x 19" wide x 6" tall.

About the Artisans:

In Kenya, artisans convert discarded flip flops into one-of-a-kind art. Operating from a small Nairobi workshop, the dedicated group offers employment and creative opportunities while also keeping flip flop foam out of the landfills.

Flip flop artisans in Nairobi workshop

$74.00

This large hippopotamus is handcrafted from discarded flip flops that have been crafted into freestanding sculptures by Kenyan artisans.

These statement sculptures are a colorful and eco-friendly way to upcycle flip flops that would otherwise litter urban Nairobi or sit in landfills. We work directly with a small co-op of Kenyan artisans who collect, clean and transform foam footwear into bold modern safari art sculptures.

Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and designs will vary. Measures 13.5"W x 9.5"T. Size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

In Kenya, artisans convert discarded flip flops into one-of-a-kind art. Operating from a small Nairobi workshop, the dedicated group offers employment and creative opportunities while also keeping flip flop foam out of the landfills.

Flip flop artisans in Nairobi workshop

$28.00

Woven by basket weavers in South Africa, these unique bracelets are made using telephone wire.

Each bracelet features a tightly coiled design and can be gently adjusted to fit wrists in a variety of sizes.

Measures 2.25"T x 3"D. Size may vary slightly. Fair trade.

About the Artisans:

ZenZulu is a South African craft business organized by designer Marisa Fick-Jordaan. Once consisting of only two master weavers, the business taught unemployed women how to bead and weave, with an emphasis on telephone wire. Today, this highly regarded organization ensures sustainable incomes for more than 350 home based craft producers in four different communities.

$34.00

These beautiful hammered copper earrings are handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, sometimes adding a patina. Defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making, these women showcase modern Zambian skill in their F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry.

When allowed to return to work, the women crafted a short-run series of copper jewelry inspired by the need to stay together even when apart.

Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

$68.00

These beautiful hammered copper necklaces are handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, sometimes adding a patina. Defying gender norms by becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making, these women showcase modern Zambian skill in their F.R.E.E. Woman jewelry.

When allowed to return to work, the women crafted a short-run series of copper jewelry inspired by the need to stay together even when apart.

Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, each will vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

$32.00

Beautiful fringe earrings, featuring copper with a viridian patina and without, are handcrafted by young self-taught Zambian women of F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment). Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, women of F.R.E.E. are defying gender norms becoming metalsmiths for jewelry-making.

Measures 0.75"W x 4.75"L. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary slightly. Matching necklace is available.

About the Artisans:

F.R.E.E (Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment) started as a group of young, inexperienced women, with no previous jewelry making experience and defying gender norms, who taught themselves metalsmithing using copper. Using copper recycled from used water heaters and wire, they transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Their skills have continually expanded, and some women have trained in silversmithing.

$14.00

Proceeds from 26" Beads for Healthy Gardens Zulugrass strands support the Leakey Collection's “Healthy Garden” project, which educates Maasai women to plant vitamin and mineral rich home gardens. Most rural pregnancy and birth issues, as well as child development problems, can be eradicated by eating a healthy diet. Each strand is packaged on a special tag—explaining how the proceeds will be allocated—and can be worn wrapped 3-4 times around your wrist or ankle or even long as a necklace.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass in a mix of garden greens, blues, and purplesÑeach bracelet is unique. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

$14.00

The Leakey Collection dedicates proceeds from these specially designed 26" Zulugrass strands to their Girls Graduation program to counsel young rural girls and their families on the importance of staying in school. Each strand is packaged on a special tag--explaining how the proceeds will be allocated--and can be worn wrapped 3-4 times around your wrist or ankle or even long as a necklace.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

$48.00

Six beautiful strands of 26" Zulugrass in calming cool tones can be worn all together or in any grouping of 1 or more to make a wide variety of combinations. Strung on elastic, it can be worn as a bracelet, necklace, anklet, hair tie and more. To wear as a bracelet, just wrap each strand around your wrist 3-4 times.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

$56.00

This handmade African kalimba is carved from a calabash gourd by artisans in Senegal. When played with the thumbs, the kalimba's metal tines and hollow interior produce a beautiful, resonating sound.

Measures 13-15"D x 7"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, size may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:

An artisan co-op of young men in Senegal create hand-crafted kalimbas from gourds. Frequently the artisans are also musicians themselves, and they take great care in producing instruments of exceptional quality and beauty.

Instruments created by Senegalese artisans.

$140.00

These beautiful drums are crafted using a calabash or gourd, a stretched goatskin top, and finished with black braided rope. The rounded shapes of these drums are defined by the organic shapes of the gourds, and stabilized by a circle of braided rope around the base.

Only two available.Sold individually, measures approximately 10" across the head of the drum, 13" total width, 10" tall.

About the Artisans:

Artfully crafted by Ghanaian artisans, these drums are beautiful, fully functional instruments. Producing a rattling sound when shaken, these instruments are fair trade and their size is portable.

$38.00

Nairobi artisans complement the organic shapes of dried gourds, which grow prolifically in Africa, with a beautiful dip-dyed finish.

Because gourds are an organic item, each shape is completely one-of-a-kind, and gourds may feature small blemishes. See images for reference, sets will vary.

Sold in sets of three or four. Sets of four include one of each color gourd. Sets of three include three of the same color. Size: approximately 3.5" - 4.5"D x 4.5" - 6"T.

About the Artisans:

At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi's industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicities transform raw materials into art under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charles' exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.

$22.00

These fun folk art giraffe sculptures painted pink are created by re-purposing African seed pods by Zimbabwean artisans.

Size: 1.5"L x 1.5"W x 6.5"T. Sizes and style may vary slightly since natural products are used.

About the Artisans:

Art, in its many forms, always draws both the creator and the observer together. Using readily available natural material such as pine cones and local seed pods, artisans from Zimbabwe rely on their creative spirit to handcraft these whimsical sculptures.

$42.00

In the Pemba and Monze districts of Zambia's Southern Plateau, skilled Batonga women craft iconic baskets from locally harvested palm leaves and wild twigs. To update their classic designs with beautiful color, weavers tint the palm leaves with textile dye before weaving. These artfully handcrafted baskets make a great addition to any home decor.

Sold as a set of two nesting baskets. [Large] 14-15"D x 6-7"T [Small] 10-11"D x 5-6"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, size and color may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:


Famous for their basket weaving skills as well as their geometric designs, the Batonga women in the Pemba and Monze districts of Zambia's Southern Plateau create these baskets by first weaving palm leaves into a characteristic square to begin and then radiating outward to create dramatic patterns.

$44.00

In the Pemba and Monze districts of Zambia's Southern Plateau, skilled Batonga women craft iconic baskets from locally harvested palm leaves and wild twigs. To update their classic designs with beautiful color, weavers tint the palm leaves with textile dye before weaving. These artfully handcrafted baskets make a great addition to any home decor.

Measures 15-16"D x 3-4"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, size and color may vary slightly.

About the Artisans:


Famous for their basket weaving skills as well as their geometric designs, the Batonga women in the Pemba and Monze districts of Zambia's Southern Plateau create these baskets by first weaving palm leaves into a characteristic square to begin and then radiating outward to create dramatic patterns.

$44.00

Handmade in Zimbabwe, this beautiful piece of handmade folk art captures Africa's iconic acacia tree in shiny silver wire. Each branch ends in a loop that can be used to display earrings or ornaments (please ensure bottom is properly weighted if using for display).

Size: 12"D x 16"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, some variation may occur.

$84.00

Skilled basket weavers in Ghana, West Africa, use twisted strands of tough elephant grass to create a useful set of baskets for the home and garden. Each all-natural basket has a set of sturdy woven handles for easy transport. The two baskets nest together when not in use.

Size: [Small] approximately 17"D x 5.5"T [Large] approximately 20"D x 6"T. Due to the handmade nature of this basket, slight variation is expected. [Click to read our Statement on Handmade Variation]

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$42.00

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Handcrafted from recycled paper, glue and wire, this charming papier-mâché sculpture features two men and two women relaxing on a park bench. Artfully crafted, this brightly colored piece is sustainably sourced and a wonderful addition to the home.

Measures 7"L x 3.5"W x 5.5"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of each sculpture, size and color may vary slightly.

About the Artisan:

Chrispen is a creative Zambian artist who specializes in creative village scenes in papier-mâché. He crafts the scenes from wire, then layers recycled paper to achieve the final shape of the figure, before hand-painting each sculpture vibrant colors and patterns.

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