Galery of masks and buffs donated to date:

72 Buffs
281 Masks

Linden police station 80 Masks 17/04/2020

Nosh food rescue  40 masks 17 /04/2020

Random donation to people not wearing masks 40 Buffs - 16 April 2020
random donations

Nurse Gayle 10 masks and 12 buffs - 15 April 2020
Nurse Gayle

Linden police station 20 masks - 14 April 2020

Linden police station

Doctor Roger Wolfson ... 30 Buffs for his patients at JHB Gen.

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Baragwanath Hospital ICU unit x 15 maks
JHB General ICU unit  x 116 Masks


Scrap fabric initiative

Thanks to the generosity of your donations of fabric waste we have been able to set up and run a number of community based projects where together we are making a huge difference to the lives of our fellow South Africans.

Waste fabrics are donated to Upcycle as your commitment as a valuable partner in the green community and is creating awareness that you and your brand is helping save lives.

We identify with the philosophy of waste being a valuable commodity, if looked at with the eyes of an upcycler any waste can actually make a very healthy wage for people that previously have had nothing and had to start with nothing.

Its the little things in life that are making the biggest difference and when you realise just a bunch of fabric offcuts have become a durable well put together shopping bag, face mask or toy for a child, you see the value in uplifting people while saving the planet.

We would like to invite you to take a look at our shopping cart where you can see the your waste transformed into livelihoods.

 Some of our income generating waste fabric projects.

Face mask project

Masks made so far for donation 373 units


Donations Gallery click here to view:

Donation By


Destination of mask

Sadnah R70 Bara Hospital
Kate R150 Bara Hospital
Gordon R500 Dr Roger (JHB Gen phisyo)
Michael R500 Linden Police Station
Ryan R400 Linden Police Station
Anonymous (Ireland) R1029 Nosh food rescue 
Aguil R1750 ICU Unit
Alex R90.00 Nosh food rescue 
Alex R160.00 Nosh food rescue 
Jane R140.00 Random give away in Winsor
Mandy R200.00 Random give away in Winsor
Janine R255.00 Linden Police Station
Anonymous R300.00 TBA
Wayne R30.00 TBA

R35.00 fitted fabric facial mask

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R15.00 stright (surgical) style mask


The demand for the facial mask!

face maskThis new year and decade 2020 has disrupted our way of living in a way that we just didn’t see coming. Social distancing for one is now a global necessity in an active stop to having the COVID19 virus spread indiscriminately fast. The facial mask or masking of the face has become a daylight accessory of necessity
overnight. An extremely high turnover of the demand for facial medical masks has shown face to criminal disruption in medical facial masks being stolen from hospitals. One of the recent articles I read on facial mask theft is of a theft on Tues 17 th March, a report on a theft of 50 thousand protective face masks intended for medical clinics in Cologne, Germany. The report continues across various cities across Germany reporting theft of medical clothing, sanitisers, gloves, disinfectants, respirators from children’s intensive care unit looking after many young cancer patients.

As you continue to scroll through headlines, you see the demand of the facial mask
as one of the most important commodities as a resultant from the global crisis. Various countries, from Australia to Ukraine to France. There is a certainty of a new
stress that we need to survive without possibly having access to goods as we usually
consume. Businesses at every level of social interaction has had to control & limit interaction of human beings in a workspace as responsible citizenship in response to social restrictions & required social distancing. Small & medium size businesses have had to reboot how & possibly what they trade as business equity in this environment  so having to robustly adapt product & value to respond in innovation to the global impact of this human crisis point. Upcycle has in response to critical measures required, through its innovation hub of Upcycle Creative, quickly restructured its resources, capacity and redistribution of staff to work at home. Innovation of creating new products from the core principal of the Upcycle way – utilising waste products that would usually make landfill because of branding right restrictions and the cycle of waste product in the consumer behaviour ecosystem. Upcycle sanitises / de-brands corporate waste stream and redistributes into
the economy by developing products and projects that feed social impact in
development & enterprise. Redirecting and; minimising the impact on the environment while creating social equity and community dignity. In response to the global crisis & the redistribution of focus on innovation, Upcycle has prototyped & redirected business capacity to introduce two alternate facial mask covers. Both these facial mask options are made from cotton T shirts that are part of a landfill avoidance project that Upcycle handles sanitisation / de-branding processes
for. These cotton T shirts are new, virgin material, not worn before, but branded

Read more: The demand for face masks

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 -