04 Jul 2 Kagay-anons Making Waves In The Upcycling Industry in The Philippines With Siklo Pilipinas
“Re-using Tires to Inspire” would probably be the best phrase to describe the story of these 2 Kagay-anons who are making waves in the upcycling industry in the Philippines with Siklo Pilipinas.
Fellow Kagay-anons, Lyndon Ecuacion and Clarice de Villa-Ecuacion, are personal advocates of having an eco-ethical lifestyle.
Being the backpacking adventurers that they are, they often looked for ways to safely protect their cameras and gears during their travels, until using what we commonly call as “interior” or inner tubes of tires came to mind. This was years ago, way before dry bags have been invented, as they say.
Their DIY protective interiors definitely served its purpose even against constant waves splashing, the heat, and the constant rumbling given on a rugged lifestyle.
This experience ignited an idea which paved the way for more innovations and conceptualization until it became a sustainable eco-ethical enterprise, and a promising one that is in upcycling industry in The Philippines.
And lo and behold, Siklo Pilipinas bags wheeled in.
They have a wide range of products, from backpacks to convertibles, crossbody bags to biking bags. Tote Bags, tyre bags, and I heard they’re coming up with belts, wallets and purses soon.
I guess it’s safe to say that they’ve really came a long way and upped the game of turning inner tubes and tires into fashion accessories and everyday usefulls.
From the time it was established (2012), around 17 tons of discarded tyre inner tube have already been upcycled and re-used by Siklo Pilipinas.
And what makes the whole process more impressive, is that each of their items produced are Hand-made, meaning no 2 items will be identical in a way. Each item are made differently with a personal touch, but all the same with love and passion instilled.
This is certainly a very inspiring achievement and a victory for our environment indeed. In fact, their advocacy earned them their own proud spots at some of our nationally recognized business and lifestyle magazines and papers in the country, as well as radio and tv guestings as well.
This can serve as the very model of how an environmental advocacy mixed with innovation and showered with inspiration can help us create a wave in the upcycling industry in The Philippines
Now more and more people are beginning to discover and love Siklo Pilipinas bags, and inch by inch, they were able to find a way to help the environment thru valuing LIFE and STYLE. And developing an eco-ethical lifestyle.
By the way, “Siklo” is a Pilipino word which means “cycle”. 🙂
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