The Upcycle foundation believes that everybody and everything has value. We have been closely involved in many people lives and have helped them transform their very basic existence into a meaningful and happy life on this planet where they are now directly involved in making the planet a better place for all.

We fully embrace the circular green economy as an innovative response to economic disruption and escalating poverty.

What this means in reality is that the core foundation of Upcycle’s vision, that all waste has value, has been put into practise by implementation of a variety of projects in different communities.

Our projects range from sewing centers that turn billboard banner fabrics into shopping bags and various other sew products to communities with disabilities making dog toys and pet products from waste from t-shirts to household items made from paper waste to name a few.

The projects are either funded by corporate social investment, socio-economic development programmes or by the money made by the Upcycle landfill avoidance shop. The Upcycle landfill avoidance shop has closed the loophole to the lack of funding that comes through by continuous CSI or SED funding.

This closed loophole has enabled us to continue training and development of people on specific product development from waste material where corporate funding has been sporadic. This insures sustainability of people and products.

Projects set up in communities have varied on making products from different waste material as they each have a fundamental specific process that has been prototyped through the Upcycle Creative R&D lab and then rolled out into the training of people on the specific products.

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New valuable products that are made are either products commissioned for corporate gifts or products that are directly available in the Upcycle landfill avoidance shop.

Very simply put, there is enough continuous available waste to upcycle into new valuable products. This allows for sustainability of projects active in communities by:

-Funds from debranded excess products that are sold

-CSI and SED funding of projects that pay for training and development

-Over time our designers and projects have created high end user products that are in demand

We invite you to take a look at the upcycled products and the community training and development that fulfil the mission of our foundation.

Meet our amazing team.

We’re a talented group of creative individuals interested in Ucycling, art, design, music, and all niches in between.

Bongi

Sewing

My dream is to expand the Upcycle training center, by providing learning and skills development opportunities for the youth in my community. By teaching people I can help them earn incomes and make a difference in their lives.  I want to serve our communities and the environment through Upcycling; it goes together.

May

Glass

 I have a vision where people are empowered through innovation. I dream of communities whose needs are met through the capacities and talents of the community.  I would love to see that vision come to life. 

Winnie

Design thinking

When we think about ‘saving the planet’ it is easy to feel overwhelmed and disempowered by the urgent need for large scale change. But the journey begins with a single step. Fortunately, we are not alone; there are people whose journey’s we can learn from and be inspired by.