The bag features a long, recycled inner tube strap with lovely feature stitching and the original printing on the coffee sack used to make the bag means that each and every one is completely unique. It is fully lined with traditional African wax print cloth known as Chitenge, and has no Velcro, and no zips or fiddly catches.
Upcycled from a used coffee bean sack and used bicycle inner tube saved from UK landfill. Hand crafted by trained tailors through a fair trade initiative Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world.
Please note that due to the upcycled nature of this product, there will be blemishes and variations - you may even be lucky enough to get some manufacturers text or an old puncture repair patch! However, the first two images shown above is of the exact product you will receive, Style F.
Approximately 33cm wide x 27cm high. Strap length approximately 134cm. Due to the hand made nature of the product, sizes may vary slightly from bag to bag.
Cycle of Good pays above the national living wage and offers full employment rights such as paid holiday and pensions. Regular, reliable employment is essential and very hard to come by in Malawi. With no welfare state, the locals cannot work, and cannot support their families. The Cycle of Good has made lasting positive change for the communities in Chilomoni Township, Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world.
Cycle of Good collect used coffee bean sacks and give them to their tailors who carefully craft useful and beautiful items. They also collect waste inner tubes from cycle shops and cycling clubs throughout the UK and ship them in their own containers to Malawi. All the upcycled inner tube products are vegan friendly and ethically hand crafted in Malawi.
All of the Cycle of Good team in Malawi live in Chilomoni where the workshop is situated. They have all completed a two year diploma in tailoring and design, using old sewing machines donated from the UK. Since then, they have completed further training focused on accessories production, offered by international volunteers.