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Contributors to the Course

This article lists the supporting organisations and upcycling businesses that contributed to this course.
Educators of the course

This step provides more information about the organisations that support this course, as well as example social enterprises.

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Dr Sara Calvo and Dr Andrés Morales

Minca Ventures Ltd

A social enterprise company that supports social enterprise and social innovation projects across the globe. They conduct research, training and education courses as well as consultancy and coaching for organisations at an international level. Click here to join their YouTube Channel.

See the document below if you are interested in starting up an upcycling business.

Supporting Organisations:

British Council DICE Social Enterprise programme

DICE supports a growing network of individuals, enterprises, and institutions in exploring how creativity, generosity, unconscious bias, vulnerability and human connection affect how we, as humans, can best nurture our curiosity, creativity, communities, enterprises, policies, ideas and the environments in which we live.

Hands of Honour

Hands of Honour employs individuals drawn from a large pool, languishing in soup kitchens, to up-cycle obsolete stock and recyclable items. Click here to view more information about Hands of Honour.

Upcycling Businesses:


A company manufacturing handmade paper and value added products out of elephant dung and other waste matter. Click here to view more information about Eco-Maximus.

Michelle Lowe Holder

Michelle Lowe-Holder is an unbelievably talented and interesting woman, she is an artist & maker who uses the body as a canvas to create unique and artisanal pieces. Her art utilises both modern and heritage techniques with mixed materials and a sustainable approach – each collection evolves from one another, led by a concept refined and developed through the craft. Click here to view more information about Michelle Lowe Holder.


Sealand make upcycled bags built to last a lifetime. Sealand is based in Cape Town, a dramatically beautiful city in South Africa where oceans and mountains vividly meet. Click here to view more information about Sealand.

The Sustainable Sequin Company

A company that recycled plastic sequin. Click here to view more information about The Sustainable Sequin Company.

Biji Biji Initiative

The Biji-biji Initiative is a social enterprise that aims to share progressive ideas with everyone. Biji-Biji champions sustainable living, reuse waste creatively and loves collaborative production. Click here to view more information about Biji Biji Initiative.


H18 Foundation is an upcycling project based in Milnerton, Cape Town, creating work for the unemployed ladies of Joe Slovo. The core objective of H18 Foundation is to empower, enable, upskill and uplift unemployed ladies from Joe Slovo. Informal Settlement and surrounds.. Click here to view more information about H18.

That’s Caffeine

That’s Caffeine is a unique material created from recycled coffee grounds. Its discovered process allows the creation of a range of products and surfaces that offer new and exciting design possibilities for both interior and exterior projects. Click here to view more information about That’s Caffeine.

Lá Da Favelinha

An upcycling project that supports young people with fashion, culture and arts in the slums of Brazil. Click here to view more information about Lá Da Favelinha.


An upcycling initiative founded in Ljubljana, Slovenia. They focused on slow living, re-purposing everyday objects into new and exciting things. Click here to view more information about Smetumet.

Survey: Creating Sustainable Impact

If you did not get a chance to take the optional survey on Creating Sustainable impact, you may wish to take it now as a way to reflect on your own drivers and obstacles to create such impact.

To find out more and to take the survey, please click here.

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