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Starling and Hero Bring New Life to Broken Down Bicycles
Posted By Molly Cotter On September 7, 2011 @ 10:29 am In Green Transportation,Innovation | 1 Comment
By now we know riding a bicycle is more eco-friendly than driving a car, and not only is it good for the environment, but it's also good for your body. But who do you call when your bicycle has seen better days? A new South African company called Starling and Hero are the recycling go-to, as they've made it their business to create slick new rides out of run-down bikes.
Founder Emile Kotze believes that there isn’t a bike that can’t be fixed. He rummages through markets, thrift stores  and friends’ garages for beat up bicycles and parts to refurbish  and bring back to life. No two upcycles  are the same, and since each new bike is unique, they are given their own name once finished; such as Matilda, Josephine, or Persephone!
Clients can choose from a cruiser  or racer bicycle frame, pick their favorite color, add accessories , and the rest is up to Kotze. He uses eco-friendly, biodegradable cleaners , greases, and polishes to fix up a new and beautiful ride.
The bike accessories available through Starling and Hero are not only green, but also support the community. LED lights  are locally bought, bells are repaired and recycled , and even the baskets are handwoven by local artisan Beatrice Moya, who has been adopted by the company through the Adopt an Artisan  program.
Starling and Hero most recently exhibited at the South African Innovation Summit and were featured as one of the most creative talents and new concepts at the innovation lab project. They plan to open a shop in Cape Town  in January where people can see first hand the incredible transformations  possible with just a bit of elbow grease and creativity
+ Starling and Hero 
Via addictlab 
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URLs in this post:
 thrift stores: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/brooklyn%E2%80%99s-film-biz-prop-shop-is-a-treasure-trove-of-recycled-design/filmbizpropshop2/
 refurbish: http://inhabitat.com/chic-antique-offers-unique-vintage-furniture-in-chicago/
 upcycles: http://inhabitat.com/upcycled-living-rolls-out-affordable-shipping-container-housing/
 cruiser: http://inhabitat.com/audis-e-tron-type-c-is-an-electric-cruiser-with-classic-styling/
 accessories: http://inhabitat.com/cycle-safely-with-fraser-mort%E2%80%99s-playful-emoting-bike-lights/
 cleaners: http://inhabitat.com/video-dr-alan-greene-unveils-real-facts-about-toxic-chemicals-and-your-family%E2%80%99s-health/
 LED lights: http://inhabitat.com/moof-bike-by-ties-carlier/
 recycled: http://inhabitat.com/hermes-debuts-%E2%80%9Cpetit-h%E2%80%9D-a-line-of-accessories-made-from-upcycled-scraps/
 Adopt an Artisan: http://handsomethings.com/2011/06/13/adopt-an-artisan/
 South African Innovation Summit : http://www.innovationsummit.co.za/lab.php
 Cape Town: http://inhabitat.com/south-africa-to-unveil-plans-for-high-speed-rail-network/
 transformations: http://inhabitat.com/massive-ford-assembly-building-restoration-emulates-a-green-renaissance/
 + Starling and Hero: http://www.starlingandhero.co.za/
 addictlab: http://www.addictlab.com/home/projects/viewbulletin/155-Upcycle,+exhibited+at+the+Innovation+Summit?groupid=127
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