Unique, Stylish & Functional Bags that Uplift South Africa
Uzwelo and Expand a Sign have partnered with everyday local heroes to provide a range of bags that are not only functional and stylish, but change lives. It all started by realising that we can only make a real difference when we focus on what we can do, instead of what we can't....
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How We're Changing South Africa
Expand a Sign decided to use their waste fabric off-cuts to create unique, functional and stylish products that would minimise the impact we were having on the environment, and use our creativity to look after our planet...
Each one of our products is hand-made by local women in Kwa-Zulu Natal who have gone through skills development programs that empower them to earn a living, put food on the table, fund education and provide dignity and upliftment for their communities long-term.
The Bateleurs is an NPO organisation of volunteer pilots who fly their aeroplanes behind the scenes, providing an aerial view of the South African environment for various conservation and development needs. Uzwelo is proud to donate a portion of it's proceeds from sales to this amazing organisation and their cause.
Bags of Change
Each of our colourful laptop bags are 100% unique, expressing your originality wherever you go. Made from recycled material and high quality padding, we're bringing personality back to the workplace.
These unique school bags come with a built-in poncho to protect learners from the rain, and were made specifically for children walking to school in rural areas. They allow them to carry their books safely, with pride and style. The accompanying pencil and lunch bags cover everyday school carrying needs, making sure that they can focus on getting their work done without worrying about anything getting lost or damaged on their journey.
100% South African recycled material ensures that we're making the most impact in our home country, whilst helping you do your daily shop. Why buy "recycled bags" from large retailers when some of them are actually imported?
We're constantly looking for ways to make a difference. Our latest product innovation is to partner with ECO conscious surfers and provide awesome recycled surf bags that compliment the newest innovations in surfboard manufacturing. Historically, surfboards have been made from materials that are totally non biodegradable like fibreglass and foam. Thankfully, the global surfing fraternity is waking up to this and some surf boards are now being made out of natural fibers and resins. Watch this space!