Alternative Waste Solutions

Upcycling provides an alternative, steadfast solution to recycling.

The business of Upcycle is to ensure excess product that is identified as waste, is reinvented into product through projects or initiatives that have great value and become part of the green economy both socially & environmentally.

Waste solutions differ from small scale projects to larger scale projects and initiatives.

Upcycle’s optimisation of waste principal is based on the sustainable contribution of your company’s investment into actions that offset your environmental footprint and sustainable management of projects that have been developed in communities as a response to waste reinvention. (see Upcycle training)

Our waste stream response analysis includes research and development, training on specific processes for product output, and focused integration of your CSI or SED sustainability for a true reflection of social impact to the accredited beneficiaries.

How Upcycle innovates solutions to your waste –

We encourage companies to consider investment with different scaling opportunities.

Ideally, we encourage an investment toward socio-economic development (SED) as this ensures the sustainability of community projects and initiatives that have already been set up because of a response to waste solutions put in action.

Corporate social investment (CSI) taps into the Upcycle product support (see Upcycle products) as when investing in products that have been through the Upcycle process of waste reinvention, you have in fact invested into the full circle of the circular green economy as it is these products that were made by initiatives and projects set up in communities.

Socio-economic development / SED directly improves the quality of life of people involved in community initiatives or projects that have been set up in response as solutions to waste reinvention.

A SED investment initiative not only shows you a return of investment but the ‘burden of proof’ element that is necessary for this return is ensured because the communities have already been set up and the training of the people has already been done.

The scaling opportunities enable collaborative CSI and SED investment from different businesses working together by tapping into projects running at different stages or levels of what makes sense to the individual business unit and which in turn ensures the sustainability of training and development already put in place.

The requirement for achieving the full 5 points for socio-economic development is for measured entities to spend 1% of net profit after tax on qualifying socio-economic development (SED) beneficiaries.  As per the B-BBEE codes of good practice, SED contributions must lead to income-generating opportunities for the beneficiaries.

Approximately R8 billion is contributed to SED projects on an annual basis. As an organisation we are aware that, very often, these contributions do not lead to sustainable solutions for beneficiaries.

This is where Upcycle can offer a completely unique SED solution which not only empowers beneficiaries but offers a unique value-proposition to companies as well. 

Upcycle also manages solutions to waste management by developing specific solutions for your waste stream through training manuals, courses, workshops, and team building.

 

Research and Development

 

 

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Waste Initiatives

Upcycle’s business model is structured to 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.

Upcycle creates solutions in responding to solving the waste crisis around us by innovating how waste can be reinvented into new valuable products that are trained on and developed in communities.

The circular green economy in action by the Upcycle business model has diverted tons of waste from landfill and instilled skill development for individuals who have access to this training through community-based projects.

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 Upcycle 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.

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 business model of Upcycle.

WASTE MANAGEMENT


We Provide

Alternative Waste Management Solutions
for Waste Destined for Landfill

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The ZERO WASTE Enterprise 

The "ZERO WASTE" movement has raised awareness of the significance of waste &
the need for alternative management strategies, as landfills are no longer viable solutions.

Modern waste management strategies now guide waste producers, staff & consumers to
take responsibility for the waste they produce.


Upcycle provides unique solutions for corporates & society
make positive impacts in their communities & environments.

Our motivational principal is to raise awareness that
ALL WASTE HAS VALUE.


We assist waste producers to divert waste from landfill by
reinventing waste into products through upcycling projects & initiatives.

 


OUR ALTERNATIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

 

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

 TRAINING

ZERO WASTE STORE

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Reinventing & Reengineering Your Waste through Upcycle Product Development Incorporating SED Solutions through Capacity Building & Skills Development Hand Crafted Products & Corporate Gifts that Support Communities through Our ZERO WASTE Store


Waste solutions differ from small scale projects to larger scale projects & initiatives. 

 


 

UPCYCLE FOR LANDFILL AVOIDANCE!


We incorporate the "THREE R's" as part of your waste management strategy.

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tickwidget    Upcycle focuses on the ‘stuff’ that is destined for landfill, not recycling.
     
 tickwidget   This extends the life of material resources, reduces the need for extraction & production of raw materials.
     
 tickwidget   Upcycling is the reinvestment into the environment through giving waste a new purpose & value.
     
 tickwidget   By turning your waste into a solution you can contribute to the circular & green economies, making disposal the last resort on your journey to becoming a "ZERO WASTE" enterprise.

 



INNOVATIVE WASTE RESPONSE

 

Our alternative waste response includes:

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tickwidget   Identification of solutions through Research & Development
tickwidget   Innovating waste into specific product output through Product Development & Training
tickwidget   Providing upcycled Corporate Gifts & products through our ZERO WASTE Store.


Through our waste response & reinvention, we are able to
activate & sustain community training programs in communities including

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 Alexandra Newlands Swaneville  Orange Farm  

 

This is where you help us make a better social & environmental impact
by integrating your SECI, CSI & CSR investments.


Your waste response helps us ensure the sustainability of pre-established community projects & initiatives.


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SED, CSR AND CSI INTERGRATION 

Investing your
Socio- Economic Development (SED), 
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
or 
Corporate Social Investment (CSI) 
into products (see Upcycle products)that have been through upcycling
is investing into the circular & green economy-
as these products were made by initiatives & projects that your waste managment strategy helped us set up! 

 

Your SED contributions directly improve the quality of lives of people involved in community initiatives that have been set up in response as solutions to waste reinvention.

SED investment initiatives provide a return of investment and ‘burden of proof’ necessary, because the communities have already been set up and the training already been done.

The scaling opportunities enable collaborative CSI & SED investment from different businesses working together by tapping into projects running at different stages or levels acccording to individual needs and ensures the sustainability of training and development already put in place.

The requirement for achieving the full 5 points for socio-economic development is for measured entities to spend 1% of net profit after tax on qualifying socio-economic development (SED) beneficiaries.  As per the B-BBEE codes of good practice, SED contributions must lead to income-generating opportunities for the beneficiaries. With  +- R8 billion contributed to SED projects on an annual basis we are aware that often these contributions do not lead to sustainable solutions for beneficiaries.

This is where Upcycle can offer a completely unique SED solution which not only empowers beneficiaries but offers a unique value-proposition to companies as well. 

Upcycle’s optimization of waste principal is based on the sustainable contribution of your company’s investment into actions that offset your environmental footprint, and sustainable management of projects that have been developed in communities as a response to waste reinvention. 

Upcycle provides solutions to companies who want to be ahead of the trend & make a more positive impact on our planet!

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Contact us to day for more information on our unique alternative waste management strategies.

 

Address 174 Long Road Newlands, Randburg  Call  082 780 3673

 

 

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facebook comment 2 October 2015

If you don't believe in Angels, then you haven't met Winnie McHenry. Winnie and I crossed paths when I was looking to donate my bags of fabric offcuts, to an organisation, to avoid them ending up in a landfill. It's not easy controlling my carbon footprint in my industry, and the amount of bags we generate is particularly worrying. 

Winnie is the owner of an amazing initiative called Upcycle Winnie. She will take your trash, teach skills to people, and they will turn your trash into something amazing, like these gorgeous Teddy Bears, made out of Hayley Joy offcuts.
I am so flattered to be a part of this upliftment chain. Working with Winnie, has taught HJ so much about the 'bigger picture'.
I have taken delivery of my first range of Teddies. They are for sale at R150, and all proceeds will go back to Winnie and the community who are so lovingly producing the Bears.
Empowering families via our fabric offcuts, is something I'm extremely proud of. It's an important part of my entrepreneurial dream.
Winnie - winnie@upcycle.co.za
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