Notebooks covered with Shweshwe fabric


This book has branding on the cover resulting in it getting rejected in the quality control process. The books were destined for landfills until we found a solution and turned them into a zero-waste product.

We have a range of books available at the Zero waste to landfill shop, 174 Long rd, Greymont JHB, or if you would prefer, you can contact us to custom cover books for you.

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Prices shown on the site are on an indicative basis only. They may vary based on size, design, and quantities required.

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Removal of Branding: collaborates with companies to provide a service that involves the removal of branding from these donated books. This step is crucial because companies may want to protect their brand identity by ensuring that their branded materials are not discarded improperly. Removing branding allows the books to be repurposed without violating any branding agreements.

The process described involves offering a sustainable alternative to purchasing new books by repurposing existing ones and making them eco-friendly. Here’s a step-by-step explanation of the process:

  1. Donation of Books: The process begins with the donation of branded books. These books would typically be destined for landfills if not for Upcycle’s intervention. By diverting these books from landfills, the company aims to reduce the need for the extraction of new raw materials, which is a more sustainable approach.

  2. Covering with Donated Fabrics: To make the books more appealing and unique, covers them with various donated fabrics. These fabrics may come from different sources, including Shwe-shwe fabric, dress fabric, upholstery fabric, and pewter. By covering the books with these fabrics, Upcycle not only hides any previous branding but also adds a creative and eco-friendly touch to each book.

The process ultimately results in repurposed books that are both eco-friendly and aesthetically appealing. These upcycled books find new life and purpose instead of being discarded in landfills, contributing to a more sustainable and greener approach to book consumption. This process aligns with the principles of reducing waste, reusing materials, and promoting sustainability in the publishing and branding industries.

Please note all prices shown on the site are on an indication basis and subject to size, design and quantity.

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