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From the Scrap Heap to the Classroom

Where in the world you are born should not impact on your right to an education and Elephant Branded are working to make sure every child is given the best opportunity to learn. Working with local villagers in Cambodia, South Africa and Colombia, they support global education by transforming local scrap materials into ethically made accessories.

Recycled cement bags, rice sacks, motor bike seat covers and inner tube tyres are transformed into backpacks, laptop cases, pencil cases and wallets, with a portion of all profits used to provide children in Africa and Asia with school bags and kits to support their learning and growth.

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One Elephant, One Impact

If you want to change the lives of children who lack access to basic school equipment, then buying from Elephant Branded is the way to go. For every product sold, Elephant Branded donates a school bag and kit to a child in Africa or Asia to give them a chance at a better education. While these children would previously have struggled to find a pencil and workbook to complete even the simplest task to support their education, with your help they can move forward and learn unhindered.

Elephant Branded supports long-term, sustainable change on both sides of the coin – for the communities that produce the products and the children that receive the school kits.

Your purchases have all been made possible by local villagers who are employed to source the materials and create the products. Each maker earns a fair wage and the opportunity to develop new skills that ultimately provide an effective way to escape the cycle of poverty.

Designing a Sustainable Future

As a trained architect, James Munro Boon certainly knows how to design something practical and beautiful. But it wasn’t until he travelled to South Africa as part of his degree studies that he began to reconsider his aspirations. He spent six months designing and building a school in the township of Jouberton but soon realised that “the bit that made a school a school was missing – the school kits.”

After graduating university, James lived, worked and travelled throughout Asia. During his time in Cambodia, he met a local family and his passions that were sparked in South Africa started to take shape. Elephant Branded started with the words “Let’s just find some stuff lying around and make it into a bag.”

From these humble beginnings, it has grown into a social enterprise that supports children in Uganda, Kenya and South Africa as well as the local communities in Colombia and Cambodia that supply the materials.

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  • Back Pack Wild

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    320 AED

    Plenty of room for your tablet, books, phone and all your essentials. If you want a bag that stands out and makes a difference, then go for this one. Hand crafted from recycled rice bags by villagers in Cambodia.

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  • Clutch Purse Original

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    100 AED

    A striking and original clutch purse made from rescued cement bags in Cambodia. What was once considered waste has been transformed into these fantastic durable and stylish purses. a perfect size for carrying your phone, cards, cash and other little essentials.

     

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  • Laptop Case Original

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    125 AED

    Elephant Branded laptop case. expertly made to protect your hardware. Robust enough to look after your gear but still light enough to carry around with ease. Hand crafted from recycled cement bags by villagers in Cambodia.

    Comes in 3 size variations

    13 inch – Turquoise Zip

    15 inch – Blue Zip

    17 inch – Red Zip

    Please note that the 13” laptop case is sized on standard 13” laptops and MacBook laptops. Our 13” laptop cases will not fit widescreen 13.3” laptops.

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  • Messenger Bag Original

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    205 AED

    If you want a messenger bag that stands out, makes a difference and holds all your kit, then go for this one.

    Hand crafted from recycled cement bags by villagers in Cambodia. Perfect for carrying your laptop and notebook around town or traveling, beaches, and weekends. Makes a great ethical gift for the traveller in your life.

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  • Messenger Bag Wild

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    299 AED

    If you want a messenger bag that stands out, makes a difference and holds all your kit, then go for this one. Hand crafted from recycled rice bags by villagers in Cambodia. Perfect for tablets, laptops and books and would make a great gift for traveller, a student or a fan of the outdoors.

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  • Original Sports Bag Small

    220 AED

    Hand crafted from recycled cement bags by villagers in Cambodia and with light blue trim, handles and adjustable shoulder strap. An ideal companion for travelling, beaches, books, weekends and heading to the gym.

    If you want a bag that stands out, makes a difference and holds all your weekend kit, then go for this one.

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  • Wild Sports Bag Large

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    370 AED

    If you want a bag that stands out, makes a difference and holds all your weekend kit, then go for this one. Hand crafted from recycled rice bags by villagers in Cambodia. Perfect for travelling, beaches, books, weekends and gyms.

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