Collection: Cycle of Good

Cycle of Good is the latest initiative to join a wonderful hub of social enterprises created by our charity over the past ten years. Situated in Chilomoni Township, Malawi, the enterprises together employ 500 people who have trained and worked to create businesses that fund a vital children’s centre. The centre provides early years care and family support to around 2000 vulnerable children at any one time. It’s a quiet revolution of skills building and economic growth in a country with no welfare state: if you don’t earn, you don’t eat.

What’s even better is that many of the enterprises are part of a circular economy; reusing unwanted or waste products from the UK and turning them into profit. We’ve shipped thousands of books, bikes, computers and sewing machines, which are refurbished, used for training or sold to create a surplus that funds international standard childcare and the building of new schools.

Back in 2010 we were gifted nearly 20,000 bicycles from Royal Mail. We chose to refurbish a limited edition of 5000 bikes in our UK warehouse; they are sold as Elephant Bikes, and each one sold pays for another bike to be sent to Malawi. That project continues to this day, with additional donated being gifted by Halfords and so far we’ve shipped well over 25,000 rescued bicycles to Malawi.

Over the years, the most popular enterprise by far has been the tailoring school. Over 2000 local women (and the occasional man!) have completed a diploma training course and kept their donated sewing machine at the end.

DOING OUR BIT TO SAVE THE PLANET

Cycle of Good builds on all of this amazing work to make something even more wonderful. We collect waste inner tubes and other materials saved from landfill, ship them in our containers, filled with donated bicycles, to Malawi where tailors carefully craft what was waste into useful and beautiful items.

 The Malawian workshops are made from soil eco-blocks and are all powered by the sun
 We work with the Chilomoni forestry service to plant trees on our local mountain
 All the off-cuts of inner-tubes and lorry curtain are made into soft furniture for use by local schools
 We ship by sea in shared container space
 We use plastic free packaging on all our items
 We use recycled haberdashery (like zips) wherever possible
 We make functional products to last a lifetime: with a lifetime guarantee on all our sewn items

-Cycle of Good

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  • Cycle of Good - Fold Up Shopper
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  • Cycle of Good - Canvas Courier Bag
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  • Cycle of Good - Notebook
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  • Cycle of Good - Musette
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  • Cycle of Good - Shopper Bag
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  • Cycle of Good - Duffel Bag
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  • Cycle of Good - Lunch Bag
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  • Cycle of Good - Wash Bag
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  • Cycle of Good - 10 Spoke Hooks
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  • Cycle of Good - Bicycle Copper Key ring
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  • Cycle of Good - Phone Case
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  • Cycle of Good - Pencil Case
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  • Cycle of Good - Pop Up Purse
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  • Cycle of Good - Card Holder
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  • Cycle of Good - Key Ring
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  • Cycle of Good - Pocket Wallet
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  • Cycle of Good - Coin Purse
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  • Cycle of Good - Wallet with Coin Purse
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