Sustainability vs Eco-Friendly

With increased pressure being put on making environmentally conscious decisions, consumers are often presented with 3 options: Eco-Friendly, Green & Sustainable. You can’t be faulted for believing that these 3 are one in the same and to an extent, they are. They share a common goal – reduce the impact we have on our fragile … Read moreSustainability vs Eco-Friendly

10 New Year Sustainability Resolutions


With 2019 presenting us with new opportunities to make a better life for ourselves.We at Uzwelo are passionate about conservation and wanted to use the typical “new year, new me” trend to present some tips on how we can all introduce small changes in our lives that will make a big, positive impact on our … Read more10 New Year Sustainability Resolutions

Conserving our wildlife, 1 bag at a time

In our previous 2 blogs, we focused on environmental and economic sustainability respectively, which makes up 2 of our 3 core values (Environment and Skills Development). Our 3rd and equally as important value is Conservation. The devastation that has been caused to our wildlife over the last few decades, means that we’re facing our sixth … Read moreConserving our wildlife, 1 bag at a time

Economic Sustainability

Uzwelo isn’t just a brand that creates stylish and functional bags from fabric that was once destined for landfills. Our brand’s foundation is built upon 3 core pillars – environment, skills development, and conservation. This vision has not only allowed us to do our part for the environment but empower people with the tools to change … Read moreEconomic Sustainability

Sustainability – #SAYNOTOPLASTIC

2018 has made us more conscious of the choices we make and how they affect our fragile planet. Documentaries like Blue Planet have highlighted the extent of damage that’s already been done to our oceans and it’s only getting worse. Bleaching coral (over 50 % of the world’s coral reefs have died in the last … Read moreSustainability – #SAYNOTOPLASTIC

#WRAD – World Read Aloud Day

  Taking part in #WRAD (World Read Aloud Day) at Egcekeni School, Shongweni was an intense experience. Questions whizzed through my mind: – Would the children enjoy the books I had selected? – Would they relate and understand? – Would they respond to the experience? – Would my Expand A Sign International colleagues enjoy their … Read more#WRAD – World Read Aloud Day

Our Partnership with Save The Children

Save The Children

Uzwelo Bags was started through Expand a Sign for the purposes of making stylish, unique and functional bags from waste polyester fabric (woven by Expandasign in Durban) that would otherwise end up on land-fills. We are strongly environmentally focused and believe we need to be solutions based and actively involved in supporting SA. Save the … Read moreOur Partnership with Save The Children

“Uzwelo Bags now available online” – Berea Mail

Uzwelo Bags laptop bags

Due to the great response to Expand a Sign’s recently launched Uzwelo Bags initiative, an online e-commerce webshop has been created to sell the bags online. The initiative sees thousands of meters of Expand a Sign’s waste textile fabric donated to teams of sewers from underprivileged backgrounds to make unique and truly South African bags. … Read more“Uzwelo Bags now available online” – Berea Mail

“KZN initiative ‘Uzwelo Bags’ launches online store” –

Uzwelo Bags launch party - News24

Expand a Sign recently launched the Uzwelo Bags initiative that sees thousands of metres of their waste textile fabric donated to sewing teams from underprivileged backgrounds to make unique South African bags (laptop bags, luggage suitcase covers, school backpacks, shopper bags.) These sewing teams can earn a living that puts food on the table for their families, funds … Read more“KZN initiative ‘Uzwelo Bags’ launches online store” –

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