Product Review: Elephbo

Just like WomenCraft, I discovered Elephbo by chance at the Berner Sternenmarkt. In fact, the girl who was at the stand that day used to intern with me at the same company. What a coincidence! (She's not part of the Elephbo team though).

The Story:

The Zürich-based start-up was created with a mission in mind: to use practical products made from sustainable materials as a vehicle to raise awareness of environmental pollution in developing countries.

Their products: Fashion accessories made mainly from discarded bags of cement powder obtained in Cambodia.

Their achievements and recognition: Plenty! Including a pitch in that reality show "Höhle der Löwen".

In fact, I will not try to re-produce their amazing story here, but encourage you to visit their web page and discover for yourself how they turn their commitment into action. In this review, I'll focus more on the cardholders that I got.

The Quality:

These particular cardholders were made from cement bags and Italian cowhide leftover.

They are nice to the touch and feel sturdy. It's also super easy to clean them.

Just use a damp cloth. What I love about them (and most upcycled products in general) is that each product is unique. They are also super

The Practicality:

I love how easy these compact cardholders can fit anywhere: my back jeans pockets, my jacket pockets, the inner compartment of my gigantic messenger bag - you get the idea.

Each cardholder can hold up to 6 cards - 3 on each side. The little compartment in the middle can be used to store your change, discount vouchers, or square business cards.

I usually have my bigger wallet that contains many things, including things that I don't even know why they are there. When I just want to head out for a quick grocery trip, or a spontaneous drink with a friend at a bar nearby, or a hike up the mountain, then this is what I need.

Elephbo has quite a few online and offline resellers, so your skepticism can be dismissed when you get to see the products in real life. And yes, they even have a reseller in Japan. HOW COOL IS THAT??

Any Downside?

Once you fill the cardholder with all 6 cards, the compartment gets a bit stuffy. This is OK when you only have some spare change or two or three small discount vouchers. When I first used it, I put in cash, which resulted in me struggling to open it for three minutes, unable to get the cash out until the nice cashier asked if I had Twint. Well...

And folks, that's Elephbo for you. Now let me quickly run to pick up some nachos before the shop's closed.

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