Anakyklos Perivalontiki is a clothing, general fabric and fabric-related material recycling company. (non-profit environmental organization)
Anakyklos Perivallontiki, is a non-profit environmental organization founded in July 2010 aiming to actively contribute towards a clean, healthy and sustainable environment and to to engage in community/solidarity action. Anakyklos Perivalontiki is a clothing, general fabric and fabric-related material recycling company. Though its primary goal is environmental sustainability, via the recycling of fabrics, apparel etc. it also has broader environmental and social aims.
The revenue part of the business derives from two things. Firstly from the sale of selected second hand clothes in its 4 charity shops located in Cyprus - 4 main cities. Secondly from the exporting of apparel and material to be resold or recycled and used as raw material abroad.
Sub-contractors -350 Key partners (public sector, local authorities - municipalities and communities, private companies, schools, NGOs etc)
Structures and equipment (e.g. collection banks, equipment to prepare the textiles, services, etc.)
Shops: Run of 5 Solidarity Shop
Evidence of success
• “Organized Group with Significant Environmental Activity”, Green Dot Cyprus 4th Environmental Awards, 2014.
• The European Commission recognition of Anakyklos as “the first true social enterprise – its aim is to reduce landfill waste and to provide affordable textiles/clothes to the market.” (European Commission, 2014: 2) in Cyprus.
• Best social enterprise of Cyprus and a social and solidarity best practice by Susy, the international sustainable and solidarity economy network.
Potential for learning or transfer
A successful social enterprise with a simple, understandable and adaptable concept.