Thursday, 19 May 2011

Upcycled bags - the Columbian way...

Columbia might not be the first country that springs to mind when we think about 
cutting-edge upcycled design but a 
small socially responsible company called Cyclus is definitely one to watch.

Plaza L Messenger Bag

Cyclus started life back in 2002 with just two people who had a vision to ‘reconnect with nature and the world’. They were keen to challenge age-old preconceptions around resource consumption and waste generation and believed that great design and imagination mixed with a good dose of down to earth common sense could start to change the way we think about the environment and how we interact with it. So, taking old vehicle tires and other reclaimed materials they started to redefine the whole design and production process, creating innovative upcycled bags that not only stood out from the crowd but were also robust, durable and very eco-friendly.

Anteos Backpack
Nature is an important source of inspiration for the designers at Cyclus. The Anteos upcycled backpack which first caught our eye is from their Pangolin range. A Pangolin is a mammal found in tropical regions of Africa and Asia and can look a bit like a walking pine cone or globe artichoke. It can curl up into a ball when threatened, with its overlapping scales acting as armour and its face tucked under its tail. Its name comes from the Malay word pengguling, which means ‘something that rolls up’.  The design of the Anteos backpack has been based on the armour, the biomechanics and the movement of the Pangolin. This form of design is known as biomimicry, where science and art emulate nature’s best ideas to solve human problems.

Carta 2010 Messenger Bag

Today, Cyclus has grown into a team of over 25 people and leads the way in eco fashion design in Columbia - in 2009 they were awarded the National Export Award for Small Business. Cyclus believe that eco development has an important role to play in Columbia’s future growth and are supporting the idea of a national laboratory for eco design. As a company, they are committed to social justice and provide employment for some of Columbia’s most disadvantaged communities, including displaced people and refugees, single mums and Indians of the Camentsa tribe.

Acacia Laptop Bag

The best of eco design combined with a commitment to social justice... we like Cyclus a lot. 

Click here for lots more information about our Cyclus upcycled bags


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