ReCycleOn

Re-Cycle-On - Nothing is lost, everything is transformed !

Strasbourg, Grand Est
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Stéphanie Wiss

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About ReCycleOn

Sales 600
On Etsy since 2016

Who I am

I arrived in Strasbourg in 2008, at the age of 18, with an L baccalaureate in my pocket and no motivation for the course I had chosen to follow at university: Applied Foreign Languages.
I lasted a year and a half and gave up to try my luck in MANY varied and unrelated fields (tattooing, canine education, wood carving, etc ...).

In the meantime I had started distributing free newspapers daily at tram stops, just to pay my rent and treat myself to a few pints from time to time.

In 2013 I started selling printed T-shirts, bracelets and badges, via a micro-company, which is currently still in place (feel free to take a look: www.etsy.com/fr/shop/NotASheep).

After 7 years of loyal service, the free press kindly dismissed me for economic reasons (stop of the paper publication of MetroNews), and in December 2015, I found myself with only the profits of my micro-enterprise as income.

I quickly added new strings to my bow, and started recycling old skateboards to sell them in different forms, and recovering old bikes originally intended to be thrown away, to sell the cleaned and repaired parts or to retype them entirely and resell them.
And I discovered that I was really passionate about bike repair, besides any financial motivation!

I did a week of Situation Period in a Professional Environment (in short a week of unpaid internship to get an idea of a specific job) in the CityZenBike bike shop/workshop.
This week allowed me to discover a world that was previously unknown to me: the repair and sale of bicycles in a professional environment and in a team.
And I liked the experience more than reason!

So I decided to enroll in a one-and-a-half-month training that would allow me to obtain the diploma necessary to legally practice the profession of cycle repairer in France [Update: since the law has changed, and this diploma is -unfortunately- no longer necessary, everyone can claim to be a bicycle repairer...].

A few weeks after my PMSMP, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a call from the managers of CityZenBike, who offered me a part-time job to help them manage the increase in the number of customers at the store.
So since the beginning of March 2016, I am employed in this small shop more than nice, as a cycle advisor / technician.


I have always loved recovering worn things to reuse them and / or give them a second youth (my furniture was recovered for the most part in the street, my library is made of two industrial wooden crates, my dog's kennel is an old wine barrel, ...).

And naturally I felt guilty about throwing away so many bike tires that were too worn to use. Especially since around Strasbourg there is no re-treatment or recovery of tires, so they are, at best, burned with energy recovery ...

So I wondered if I could recycle these tires in any way.
And I made my first belts!

It's a long-term job for each belt (cutting the hard rubber of the tires, washing the resulting tape, cutting the edges to get something perfectly straight, measuring, drilling the belt with a cookie cutter, and finally putting in place and fixing the buckle with bolts), but the result is great (and solid)! [since then I have invested quite a bit and offered myself a workbench press to drill more easily and for a cleaner and more durable finish with rivets and eyelets]

I also started making bracelets and fidgets with old bike chains that were too worn out to be used again.
And given the growing success of these products, I decided to sell them on the Internet, and here I am on Etsy!

My belts and valve key chains are also available at the CityZenBike store, 4 rue du Faubourg de Saverne in Strasbourg!

Update of November 1, 2016:
After 2 months of training in Mulhouse and 4 months of internship at CityZenBike, I finally validated my CQP Advisor / Technician Cycle!
(Oh and I was hired in the wake of part-time permanent contracts at CityZen'Bike!)

Update of 12 February 2017:
I started making lamps and "hunting" trophies with other parts of bicycles. You can find them on the shop =)


That's it, you know everything! If you have a question, suggestion, or any other comment to send me, do not hesitate to contact me =)

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Last updated on Feb 22, 2018

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Frequently asked questions

Do you also use new bike pieces to create your work ?

No, my aim is first of all to recycle, so all the bike pieces used to make my creations are too worn out to be used on a bike, and were intended to be thrown away.

Where do you get the old bike pieces used to make your creations ?

I mostly salvage them from the repair shop i work at, and sometimes from other repair shops or individuals.

How can I wash my belt ?

You can wash your belt by hands with some dishwashing product or soap, with a brush or a soft sponge.
And have no fear if it gets into the washer, it only will get out off it cleaner than before ;)

Do the belts leave traces on clothes ?

The tires are meticulously washed before get turned into belts, so there is no risk they dirty your clothes !

Can I track my order once it has been shipped?

For each item (except items that are too large, for which the shipment will be done automatically with postal tracking), the Customer is offered two types of shipment: simple sending without postal tracking, or sending including postal tracking. By default the delivery method chosen is "without tracking". To benefit from the tracking of the postal routing of his order, the Customer must, in the Etsy basket, choose the (paid) option of delivery upgrade that allows him to benefit from the postal tracking of his order.

A notification of sending my order was sent to me more than a week ago, but I still haven't received it, what should I do?

The first thing to do in these cases, if you have opted for shipment tracking, is to check the tracking of your order through the tracking number received on Etsy. For shipments to metropolitan France, it is worth worrying after a maximum period of one week; for shipments to the rest of the world, the delivery time can be up to 3 weeks in the case of a blockage (verification) in customs. In any case the reason for the delay will be explained on the tracking page. As a last resort, you can go to the post office with the tracking number of your shipment to report the problem.

Is it possible to avoid shipping costs by getting my order directly in Strasbourg ?

It is quite possible to pick up your order at my work place (the bike shop Cityzen'Bike, 4 rue du Faubourg de Saverne, Strasbourg); to that end, you only have to tell it to me by message or order comment on Etsy, so we will be able to fix an appointment, and I will send you back the money corresponding to the shipping fees.
I also offer a home delivery service in Strasbourg by bicycle (of course !), for 5€ more (and of course the shipping costs payed on Etsy will be refunded.

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