Alternative Addis began as a quest.

Alternative Addis was founded as the result of seeking products, services and initiatives that are local, environmentally considerate, socially responsible and creatively uplifting in Addis Abeba.

Along the way we were happy to find plenty of great & upcoming businesses and initiatives that we will feature in our 'Blog Addis Features' soon.

Local matters.

It is no longer possible to deny the importance of looking inwards to our human capital, to the abundance of resources available and to the environment of endless potential we have in Ethiopia.


The Upcycling Project.

The journey led us here - it took a blend of creativity, innovation and a sense of social and environmental responsibility to launch 'The Upcycling Project'. Our objective is to create something new and purposeful out of waste and by-products. It is as important to us to produce something environmentally considerate as it is to produce something of value to you - for your home, for your business! 

The Glass Collection

Our first creation are the Glass Jars and we continue to work on perfecting them. Their uses are endless and really only limited by your imagination.

It is a practical home storage or decorative accessory. 

It is a turn-key packaging solution to local food manufacturers - whether you produce spices, honey, nuts or granola. 

It is a unique prop for the events and hospitality industry.

What is Upcycling?

Upcycling is a process of providing new high quality products and value by using wasted material or by-products. This could be any material really - glass, metal, wood, plastic - you name it. Upcycling moves such resources back up the supply chain in an environmentally friendly way.

Why upcycle?

The benefits of upcycling to society and the environment can be immense. It is a mindset, a conscious way of living and consuming and a cyclical balanced process of production & consumption that all industries and companies should be moving towards.

Alternative Addis' Core Values


As far as the supply & production allows we aim to use local resources & waste materials for our products & deliver them to local community and businesses.


 We aim to work in an environmentally considerate and responsible manner.


We aim to uplift, empower and add value to the local human capital and/or natural resources.


We aim to offer something unique and alternative to society or to the market and envisage to positively influence and model a more responsible lifestyle.