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  •   Oppression, inequality, racism, abduction, death row - Vera Chirwa has experienced it all and more. How could we, at Cycle of Good, not mark her incredible journey and highlight her achievements during black history month?   Vera was born in Nyasaland in 1932, the former British Colony that is now Malawi. Her forward-thinking parents saw the value of education for girls and unlike many girls in Africa, even today, Vera was sent to school. Firstly, in Livingstonia in the north of the country (where she was one girl amongst 70 boys) and

  • Surprisingly, a humble, well-thumbed old book from the UK can,  but not before a whole lot of effort has been made by the small but wonderful team at PAMET Malawi.   PAMET (paper making education trust) is a women's cooperative in Chilomoni, a township in Malawi. Cycle of Good has been aware of their amazing recycling work for a number of years as they are just across the road from 'Bee Books' one of many Beehive social enterprises in the area set up by our charity Krizevac.   Back in the UK, an army of volunteers

  • Keen eyed Cycle of Good supporters, will have spotted that on all our product labels it says “all the money we make pays for childcare and non-profit social enterprise in Malawi”, we thought we would tell you a little more about what that means and what we’re up to in Malawi right now.

  • If you’re a follower of Cycle of Good and Elephant Bike, you’ll know all about our passion for both recycling and all things cycling!  During the Corona crisis, we like everyone else in the UK have had to adapt and seek new possibilities as we adjust to the economic impact of the pandemic. But as a wise man once said, “out of adversity comes opportunity”; and throughout lock down, we’ve been working on something special to sustain our trading income, whilst also continuing to promote fair and dignifying employment in Malawi. Trading

  • When life gives you elderflower…. make champagne! The sun is shining again and what better way to test our your new Elephant Bike than by taking a gentle saunter down a country lane to collect some of the elderflowers that are out right now? We’ve just arrived home with our bikes, from a quick 2 miles along a disused Staffordshire railway track that runs from Leek to Rudyard Lake, it’s perfect as it’s flat, well gravelled and away from main roads. It’s fairly empty at the moment although all the dog walkers

  • The man behind the Comb On our recent trip to Malawi, we happily bumped into Ephraim Mataka. The Chair of our Trustees first met Ephraim in 2010, they met at Church in Chilomoni Township; Tony Smith was delighted to meet someone as small as he is and he happily shared his clothes with Ephraim who had very little of his own. Ephraim began to make Rosary Beads for the Church as a way of earning a little income. He lives on his own in Chilomoni and never seems to need much, but earning

  • Here are  Selina, Maria and Rachel– since 2007, these 3 incredible women with very few resources other than sewing machines donated from the UK, they have trained over 1600 women in Chilomoni Township, Malawi. These dedicated women lead classes in Informal Tailoring. The three-month course is taught in Chichewa so that it’s accessible to women who have not been able to attend school. They also teach a one-year diploma course which not only passes on sewing skills but helps to build literacy and prepares women for the world of work. To educate

  • Here at CoG we’re determined to minimize our carbon footprint and that includes reducing our flights, but every so often it’s essential to travel to Malawi in order to develop our range of products and to make sure that we’re on track with our fair trade intentions. This February, George Furnival, our UK Manager made the 5500 mile trip to the Warm Heart of Africa; she took some time out from working on new products to interview the Malawi Manager of Cog, to find out what difference the project makes

  • The team at Cycle of Good are committed to spreading the word about the importance of trading fairly so we are delighted to become members of the BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK! BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK is a network of independent shops and suppliers dedicated to promoting Fair Trade retail in the UK. BAFTS provides a structure of accountability to its members who adhere to the 10 Principles of Fair Trade as set out by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO). Our membership to BAFTS marks an important milestone in our

  • As well as creating jobs within its own social enterprise, Cycle of Good helps numerous local artisan craft businesses around the local town of Chilomoni, Blantyre. One such business is Emmanuel and his team of craft recyclers from Chirimba. Emmanuel is an integral part of the Cycle of Good, supplying us with small, handmade eco-friendly recycled gifts. Local craftsman Emmanuel and his team of 5 create our popular recycled bicycle copper keyring. The eco-friendly recycled keyring is made using soft wires from often abandoned fridges. The bicycle keyring is extra special for

  • In July 2019 we boldly made the pledge that Cycle of Good would be 100% single use plastic free by December the 31st. It is the New Year, but don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten our promise and we’re delighted to update you with our progress so far. During our October team meeting, we engaged the whole team in identifying what single use plastic we use, the list was surprisingly short considering the amount of shipping, packing, making and mending we do. We identified, bubble wrap, plastic envelopes, shrink wrap, sello-tape etc.

  • Thank you to all of our coffee sack suppliers, tube collection points and everyone that has posted, dropped off and shown up with tubes. Without your support we wouldn’t be able to do what we do every day. Have a great Christmas and we look forward to working with you all in 2020.   [

  • Our wash bag is completely plastic free but what about what we put in them. Making a couple of simple changes such as changing from a plastic toothbrush to a wooden, dropping the plastic disposable razor for an eco-friendly reusable one and switching from a bottle of shampoo to a shampoo bar. By making a changes to what we use every day really can make a massive difference to our planet.    

  • Cycle of Good products are designed for the long road ahead, especially our luggage tag! Did you know that this year we have sent 17 shipping containers full of donated bikes, books, coffee sacks, inner tubes, sewing machines and many other items to Malawi? It’s over 5,100 miles to Malawi meaning we have travelled 86,700 miles this year by sea.   Cycle Of Good gifts and Presents are made 100% from Recycled Materials All surpluses directly fund the work of the children’s centre in Malawi . It’s why we call it the Cycle of

  • We’re proud to pay above minimum wage to our tailors in Malawi! Our tailors are paid 3 x higher than the minimum wage in Malawi for their work on CoG.  In addition to their living wage they also access a pension scheme, paid annual leave, subsidised childcare and excellent working condition. We have adopted the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code to make sure that everyone in our supply chain is treated fairly.   Cycle Of Good gifts and Presents are made 100% from Recycled MaterialsAll surpluses directly fund the work of the children’s centre

  • Did you know that this year we have received over 20,000 tubes, and each of our small Laptop cases is made up of 3 tubes? So if we made nothing else we could have made 6,500 small laptop cases!!   Cycle Of Good gifts and Presents are made 100% from Recycled MaterialsAll surpluses directly fund the work of the children’s centre in Malawi . It’s why we call it the Cycle of Good!Shop Now

  • Every Cycle of Good product has been made with love by trained artisans in Malawi. Your support has created 20 tailoring and 5 support roles. The salaries mean that the team can support their own families, afford a decent diet, pay school fees and face a secure future. This is vital in Malawi which is one of the poorest countries in the world with fragile harvests, no welfare state and very little access to international markets.  By buying fairly traded Christmas gifts, you make this all possible.   Thank You  

  • Here at Cycle of Good we’ve debated long and hard about the merits and flaws of Black Friday, which on the face of it, is not hard to do. Merits - customers get some savings, the economy is stimulated at a crucial selling time… um, that’s it!  Flaws - the wealthier nations of this world already consume far too much and our fragile planet cannot sustain current levels of growth, resource depletion and waste, so how can anyone in good conscious promote more mindless consumption? Black Friday deals are typically pushing consumers

  • Every year BBC Radio Stoke honours those that go above and beyond to make a difference to life in Staffordshire and Cheshire. Meet Joe ! "The Most Gentle man I have Ever Met " A Former School Deputy Head, Community Activist who loves Cricket,  supports Crewe Alexander and wants to make the world a more equal place.   Did I mention he has volunteered for multiple charities every week for over 10 years? We are so happy that Joe has been nominated for BBC Radio Stoke ‘Make A Difference’ Awards.   He continues to put back into

  • Come and Join Cycle Of Good at the Cycle Show 2019. The Cycle Show is an for everyone who loves cycling, you can get advice from your favourite brands, try out the latest products, meet your cycling heroes and indulge in all things cycling. If you have always wanted to try an Elephant Bike or wanted a closer look then we are at the Cycle Show 2019. We will have different sizes and colours of Elephant Bikes on show alongside our upcycled range of gift wear made from recycled innertube. Try Before

  • Acquiring an Ex Royal Mail Bike was a game changer for  Timothy Pondani, or Mr Woza Woza as he is now known. Timothy lives in a fairly typical Malawian village called Sigrege. If you are ever in the vicinity, you’ll notice Tim because of his beaming smile and warm friendly nature. And you can’t fail to miss his Royal Mail bike, painted in his own bespoke colours and generally with a small happy child sitting in the front carrier.   Tim once worked at a popular Italian restaurant in Namiwawa (a wealthy

  • We've been working in Malawi to help establish non-profit enterprises and educational settings in Malawi for the past ten years, it's been exciting and incredibly humbling work. None of it would have been possible without the support we have from some talented international volunteers. Throughout the ten years, over a hundred highly skilled professional people,  ranging from architects to teachers have offered their skills and given up six months of their lives to live and work for our projects in Chilomoni, just outside of Blantyre in Malawi. We are now seeking

  • Why on earth would any charity on a mission to provide sustainable transport solutions for one of the poorest countries in the world, send a load of bikes to Malawi and then bring them back to the UK?! It's a good question and one that has quite a long answer. Here's the story

  •        Having been lucky enough to have visited Malawi on a regular basis over the past ten years, it was a huge shock to the system to land at Chileka Airport in Blantyre to find myself shivering with cold! Then I realised I’ve always managed to avoid visit Malawi in the depths of winter and it was especially apparent this year, having left the UK basking in glorious sunshine. But needs must, and the need for my trip this time was especially exciting! The reason for this trip stemmed from a

  • ***PRESS RELEASE*** May 15th 2018 A Right Royal Wedding Gift As Harry’s Elephants Help Charity! You’ve heard about the difficulty postmen can have being chased by dogs, well when elephants began chasing the red Royal Mail bikes of game wardens in Malawi, they were lucky to escape with their lives! Luckily, UK Charity, “Cycle of Good” re-sprayed the British-made bikes green which seemed to calm the elephants, not long before Prince Harry helped rescue the over-crowded animals to move them to a less populated game reserve where they are now much happier.

  • We’ve always got at least half an eye on the future here at Cycle of Good, and recently we’ve been busily developing ideas by working alongside the product designers of the future. Keen students from Huddersfield University, as well as Buxton and Leek College, have been grappling with The Great Inner Tube Design Challenge as part of their product design and art courses and have come up with some exciting prospects. Around 40 students from Huddersfield presented their ideas following an intensive week of workshops where they learned about inner tubes

  • By Caroline Denny,  Cycle of Good Volunteer, Blantyre, Malawi In rural Malawi job opportunities are rare but today I had the chance to see one success story that is transforming the life of many people in a village. I am volunteering for Cycle of Good (Cog) in Malawi and went with Mary Kamwendo the manager of Cog to see where the woven bicycle panniers and front baskets for the Elephant bikes are made.  We travelled 40km outside of Blantyre, turned off the main road at Lilangwe and drove on untarred tracks

  • Introducing Alfred Madzuma Cycle of Good is transforming the lives of not just its own tailors but others such as Alfred. This is Alfred working outside his house making baskets from used plastic wrapping tape. “The weaving is hard work but I love making them as I know selling them to Cycle of Good means I can support my family”. Alfred tells us, “I have a wife and 2 children, Julius is 12 and Mercy is 8. At the moment  I rent a very small house but my aim is to

  • 10 years ago, we shipped our first 40 foot container from the UK to Malawi.

  • Welcome to our brand new Cycle of Good website, we hope you enjoy having a good look around and getting to know us.