Environment Transportation Merlin Matthews on Re-Cycle By Lloyd Alter Design Editor University of Toronto Lloyd Alter is Design Editor for Treehugger and teaches Sustainable Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Lloyd Alter Updated October 11, 2018 Migrated Image Share Twitter Pinterest Email Transportation Automotive Active Aviation Public Transportation Warren posted about Re-Cycle.org, a British organization that collects old bicycles and ships them to Africa. The Guardian interviews founder Merlin Matthews, in another of its wonderful features, Good Lives- People making a Difference. "A Haitian woman asked me how you would go about setting up a factory for bikes there, and that was when I started thinking. It struck me that there were loads of old bikes rusting away in sheds or chained to railings all over the place: you can't really sell a knackered second-hand bike, and even an absolute muppet doesn't want to just throw it away, so people hang on to them. I was already fed up with the greedy short-term socio-political bloody mess all over the world, and fixing and shipping bikes from the UK to other countries seemed like a way of stopping waste and helping people." ::Guardian The Guardian has a good idea here. Do you know any people making a green, sustainable difference? Let us know.