With summer almost here you’re no doubt preparing for long, lazy days spent on the beach. But what if you could be living it up on the beach and simultaneously helping to make a difference? Sounds crazy, right? Wrong! The new beach must-have is the Uzwelo Beach Bag that is one part gorgeous and one part enriching people’s lives. Here’s how:

Uzwelo is an initiative of local signage company Expand a Sign that has teamed up with and trained some talented seamstresses from some of the poorest communities in KZN. These women handcraft the gorgeous range of bags made from leftover banner and signage fabric that would otherwise have ended up on landfills. So not only are these bags providing a livelihood for these remarkable women, they’re also helping the environment through its sustainable practices.

What’s even better is that these stylish beach bags are priced at only R220 for the standard size and R310 for the large, and both are big enough to fit everything you could ever need to take with you to the beach.

To purchase a bag and help empower the women of Uzwelo, visit the Uzwelo website

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