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Colorful fabrics from Ashanti Design

Upcycling starts with Ashanti Design! Ashanti Design buys discarded materials from large garment factories that would otherwise be thrown away. The pieces of upcycled fabric are used to make high-quality beanbags, bags and colorful accessories.
Colorful fabrics from Ashanti Design

Ashanti Design beanbags: circular without plastic

The filling of regular beanbags consists of an enormous amount of plastic, the well-known plastic styrofoam balls. Plastic isn't fantastic , so Nic & Mic does not participate! Each Ashanti beanbag is therefore filled with circular BioFoam pearls. This gives the beanbag an extremely soft seat and a longer life. Once you've tried a beanbag from AshantiDesign, you don't want anything else! It will be the place to chill with a book or to recover from the day with your favorite drink.

Handmade and unique bags and bean bags

Ashanti Design and Nic & Mic consider it important to increase the livelihood of all employees and to make a positive 'Afronomic' contribution. From artisans to shipping partners and manufacturers, the Ashanti team is all African. In the South African countryside, the cotton is woven into quality cotton. The 100% handmade beanbags, pillows and bags come in different designs and sizes. Do you like bright colors or a calm pastel shade, no problem! Ordering is easy and with the Nic & Mic selection service you always choose your favorite 'Ashanti'!

Fast fashion clothing industry and the importance of upcycling


Billions of garments come onto the market every year! Clothing is not only getting more, it is also getting cheaper. Every year, a Dutch person buys an average of 46 items of clothing, shoes and accessories. Our wardrobes are getting fuller, with an average of 173 items! Never before has so much clothing been bought as now, and never before did we throw it away so quickly.

What happens to all these thrown away clothes?

  • A large part is collected and exported to, among others, India, Pakistan and Tanzania or is incinerated
  • 13% is downcycled to cleaning cloths, insulation or filling material
  • New clothing is made of less than 1% (upcycling)


By buying an Ashanti Design beanbag, bag or accessory, you not only have your own one-of-a-kind eye-catcher in your hands, but you also immediately make a statement towards the clothing industry and create awareness about the ever-growing fast fashion -problem.

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