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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

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Founder Emile Kotze believes that there isn’t a bike that can’t be fixed. He rummages through markets, thrift stores [1] and friends’ garages for beat up bicycles and parts to refurbish [2] and bring back to life. No two upcycles [3] 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 [4] or racer bicycle frame, pick their favorite color, add accessories [5], and the rest is up to Kotze. He uses eco-friendly, biodegradable cleaners [6], 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 [7] are locally bought, bells are repaired and recycled [8], and even the baskets are handwoven by local artisan Beatrice Moya, who has been adopted by the company through the Adopt an Artisan [9] program.

Starling and Hero most recently exhibited at the South African Innovation Summit [10]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 [11] in January where people can see first hand the incredible transformations [12] possible with just a bit of elbow grease and creativity

+ Starling and Hero [13]

Via addictlab [14]

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[1] thrift stores: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/brooklyn%E2%80%99s-film-biz-prop-shop-is-a-treasure-trove-of-recycled-design/filmbizpropshop2/

[2] refurbish: http://inhabitat.com/chic-antique-offers-unique-vintage-furniture-in-chicago/

[3] upcycles: http://inhabitat.com/upcycled-living-rolls-out-affordable-shipping-container-housing/

[4] cruiser: http://inhabitat.com/audis-e-tron-type-c-is-an-electric-cruiser-with-classic-styling/

[5] accessories: http://inhabitat.com/cycle-safely-with-fraser-mort%E2%80%99s-playful-emoting-bike-lights/

[6] cleaners: http://inhabitat.com/video-dr-alan-greene-unveils-real-facts-about-toxic-chemicals-and-your-family%E2%80%99s-health/

[7] LED lights: http://inhabitat.com/moof-bike-by-ties-carlier/

[8] recycled: http://inhabitat.com/hermes-debuts-%E2%80%9Cpetit-h%E2%80%9D-a-line-of-accessories-made-from-upcycled-scraps/

[9] Adopt an Artisan: http://handsomethings.com/2011/06/13/adopt-an-artisan/

[10] South African Innovation Summit : http://www.innovationsummit.co.za/lab.php

[11] Cape Town: http://inhabitat.com/south-africa-to-unveil-plans-for-high-speed-rail-network/

[12] transformations: http://inhabitat.com/massive-ford-assembly-building-restoration-emulates-a-green-renaissance/

[13] + Starling and Hero: http://www.starlingandhero.co.za/

[14] addictlab: http://www.addictlab.com/home/projects/viewbulletin/155-Upcycle,+exhibited+at+the+Innovation+Summit?groupid=127

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