trade not aid

Member since: 06/2019

Active in: WG Plastics

trade not aid

Upcycling Deluxe is Germany’s largest online shop for design objects made from rubbish. We’re a 100% sustainable, holistic thinking and acting business, starting from fair production to dealing with customers, employees and partners through to climate-neutral shipping. Our philosophy is shaped by creating jobs in developing countries, accounting for different cultural and social norms. It’s imperative our existing resources are used and that manual craftsmanship is preferred over industrial production. Our products have to consist of at least 50% recycled materials. We want to send a signal that wonderfully designed products can be created from rubbish.

We joined the alliance because we’re convinced more can be achieved together. We’ll never achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on our own, but if everyone does their bit, it can be done!

It’s important to us that every piece of rubbish is reused where possible. We try to pave the way for the circular economy, in particular, within developing countries. One example is cement bags in Cambodia. The capital, Phnom Penh, is currently experiencing a major construction boom. In Cambodia, cement is packaged in plastic bags to protect it from the high humidity. We ensure these cement bags are collected from building sites, cleaned and then turned into wonderful bags and accessories. As such, we’re not only doing something for the environment, but at the same time, we’re making a small contribution to the development of fair jobs in one of the poorest countries on the planet.