unwrappedMarlies Bron of the Unwrapped Co has ordered beautifully branded drawstring bags from Upcycle.

She is to use the Upcycle drawstring bags for packaging of her dry produce. Marlies eloquently captures the concept of lifestyle change in her description of zero-waste. She says that; “Zero-waste is best described as a journey – where we adapt our lifestyle & practices to become more sustainable & less wasteful.” Marlies is the founder of the Unwrapped Co in South Africa which is an on-line zero-waste store where you can buy pantry staples & eco-friendly household products & in the process reducing waste from supplier to store to you.

shop frontA lightweight cotton is one of the most breathable fabrics around so it will allow a little airflow for drying out the dampness. Cotton is also a natural fibre, so it absorbs moisture, rather than repelling it.

The drawstring bag is suitable for buying & storing a variety of produce. It is strong, durable, breathable & washable. The drawstring bag can be reused for years.

The drawstring bag used as a fresh produce bag is perfect for packing fresh bread & rolls, think lunches!

Customised sizes of the drawstring bag & personal or company branding can be placed on the drawstring bag by Upcycle.

You can call the drawstring bag an Eco-friendly sack, but it doesn’t diminish the value of buying into the drawstring sack.

Alternative solutions the drawstring bag provides for moms are that they are a great storage unit for your kid’s blocks & travel toys. The drawstring bag is perfect to carry around books, notebooks, pens & crayons. It is also perfect as a travel kit with toiletries or gym clothes for your kids.

The drawstring bag can also be used for storing & protection of shoes, washing underwear & keeping socks together. The drawstring bags versatility stretches to dirty clothes while travelling, gift bags, small jewellery bags & pacifier protectors.

Upcycle provides a solution for branded products that need de-branding (sanitisation) of their excess corporate products that usually go straight to landfill. The Upcycle land avoidance shop in Jhb, has diverted 23 tons of branded products meant for landfill in 5 months!

bongiSibongile Shabalala heads up the sewing projects at Upcycle – the Green Creative innovation hub of design thinkers.

She has produced a production line of drawstring bags that will suit your every organisational need! This production line is a direct response of innovation to the sanitisation process of de-branding for certain corporate T shirts that cannot have branding removed or rebranded. These T shirts would usually end up in landfill due to branding rights & restrictions.

There is so much more to the drawstring bag though! The drawstring bag provides a solution to the outdated plastic bag. Reusable drawstring bags is the perfect replacement for the plastic shopping bag. The drawstring bag is lightweight, versatile, easy to carry along with you to have readily available for grocery or toiletry shopping bag, or for purchasing of fresh food from your local veggie market. The drawstring bag is a perfect bag for use of fresh produce. The Upcycle drawstring bags are made from excess cotton T shirts that were to make landfill due to branding rights restrictions. Cotton is a breathable material & provides protective covering all at once & so is perfect for the fresh produce industry.

This change in habit, made easy with the drawstring bag, reduces the use of single use plastic produce bags.

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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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