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Upcycle offers a variety of hand-made and ethically produced produce bags, tea bags, shopping bags nutmilk bags and much more! The aim of the company is to reduce everyday reliance on single use plastics.

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“We are passionate about our planet and we strongly believe that as people we are 100% responsible for protecting our earth and the species that remain on it.  In this journey, we realized that the biggest problem was the consumption of one-time plastic in our daily life.  We needed to do our part.  Apart from recycling and reducing our consumption, there was a need to find alternatives to our problems.  One such area was the overuse of plastic produce bags inside the supermarkets. These bags did not serve any need once we were home and they most likely found their way to the bin.  The statistics based on our own usage was shocking.  At every visit to the supermarket, we collected on an average of at least 10 produce bags.  Which means that we consumed at least 520 bags per year. This got us thinking and we decided to act.  A In 2018, we started by looking out for various other sustainable options to replace these bags. There was a specific need but now we had to figure out a way to execute it and also to make it available to others.  After various experiments with materials, sizes, and the quality, we designed the Upcycle produce bags. We tested these bags for the freshness of vegetables and fruits. We also tested them for their strength and durability.  These bags safely replace the plastic produce bags currently used i.e. to weigh the items in, get them bar coded, and also scan them over the exit counters.  Moreover, these bags can be stored with the product in the refrigerator too. They are easy to maintain and can be machine washed after use. A simple solution like this can on average reduces the consumption of at least 500 single-use plastic produce bags each year for a nuclear family.

Join us in this journey to SAY NO to One-time Plastic! Be conscious of your choices, and encourage those around you to think twice before they throw away any unnecessary plastic items. We as a society need to consider whether it’s worth trading off some convenience for a sustainable, healthy environment.

Lets Transform!

Know more about our approach and our CSR strategy 

To know more about our products and their added values check the articles: Do fresh products stay fresh if kept in cotton bags instead of plastic bags? Read Article

Upcycle Lets transform is joining hands with GreenFootprint in spreading awareness about the single use plastic by being Zero Waste Shopping Ambassador 

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  • Produce Bags

    Our bags are 100% unbleached cotton. They are available in 2 sizes. Small 8

    د.إ 4.00
  • Reusable Tea Bags

    Avoid the waste created by ordinary tea bags. The ordinary tea bags also contain 25% plastic in them. Switch to Upcycle's reusable tea bags. Flavour your own herbal tea or use it as a spice bag for your Biryanis. You can get creative and also use them as a soap pouch. size : 2.5

    د.إ 3.00
  • Nutmilk Bags

    Use our nut milk bags to strain your blended raw almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk etc, to remove any pulp or fibre that remains. Can also be used to make hung curd. size : 8'X 10

    د.إ 10.00
  • Compartment Bag bag plain

    Use these compartment bags for all your groceries and organise it the way you prefer. You can carry them to farmer's market or Ripe markets. Size : 17'X12

    د.إ 15.00
  • Patterned Compartment Bag

    Introducing limited edition of our new compartment bags. These bags are extremely versatile. Carry them to organize your groceries during your supermarket visits, or segregate your purchases at farmers market. Super convenient and strong. These bags are made by special need students in India. Size : 17'X14

    د.إ 20.00
  • Cotton Tote Bags

    Carry these bags alongwith our cotton produce bags and thus avoid the use of plastic bags completely. Size : 14

    د.إ 10.00
  • Gift Bags

    Whether your child has an intense interest in dinosaur, or he/she is a car enthusiast or just pink crazy, we have prints they will love. Use these bags as birthday favors and avoid all paper or plastic that goes for the gift wrapping. These bags could be reused later for their toys, or their overnight camp essentials or even as a pouch for any need. size : 9'X11

    د.إ 8.00
  • Grow Bags

    Smart Grow Bags are reusable, washable and durable. Smart Grow Bags are eco-friendly & BPA-free They are Better For Plants. Prevents root circling therefore prevents stunted growth of plants. Promotes air pruning of the roots Increase in root structure and mass as a result promotes accelerated growth of plants and yields. Promotes aeration; lets beneficial microbial life thrive in growing media. Regulates temperature; superior insulation keeps the plants warmer in winter and cooler in summer Prevents over-watering and root rot.

    د.إ 25.00

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Anupama Gokhale

Graduated with an Architecture degree from the Academy of Architecture in Mumbai, India. Her architectural experience, both in Mumbai and Dubai, ranges from designing high rise projects,villa communities, residential interiors and recreational spaces. It was during her formative years of education and work that she developed an interest in giving back to the environment, as she first hand saw the amount of construction waste generated as well as the resources used for solid waste management. When not propagating for the environment, Anupama is an avid reader, badminton player and also teaches yoga.

Batul Tambawala - A management graduate from Mumbai university. After her studies she pursued the corporate life of working as a Management consultant in the area of Strategic and HR consulting. She however, took a break from work to raise her children. While her older son was around 5, she realised that they are generating a lot of plastic waste and that was worrying her. She understood the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling and decided to do something to reduce it.

Thus both came together and started thinking of developing prototypes for a product that would be viable for daily use but at the same time make a sizable impact upon sustaining the ecological balance.

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