Handmade, ethically sourced, recycled beads, You can’t get better than that!

Mzuribeads paper beaders live in the village of Ndejje, Uganda, where they roll paper beads from strips of recycled magazines and posters.

The director began this business with the ambition that she will one day not be needed, and Mzuribead will be ran entirely by Ugandans. Kirstie MacLean, is currently the director and acting as the voluntary/not for profit middle man. The money accumulated will be used to establish a program to train the women in the cooperative, (who so wish), to become directors, quality controllers, global marketeers, product developers, etc. In short, they aim to generate enough funds to develop a sustainable business structure.

Visit Mzuribeads and browse their online shop for some beautiful handmade beads.


Thanks to Mzuribeads we are giving 5 lucky CraftGossip readers the chance to win a DIY Bracelet kit.

This little box equips you with all you need to make your own recycled paper bead bracelet.  Mzuribeads is a business working with groups of village artisans who roll paper, and other ethical and natural beads.  Each bead is unique as the colour is from the specific page selected. And they are also varnished for a waterproof and glossy finish.    Presented in a gift box; containing over 15  colourful round Paper Beads, over 15 Glass Spacer Beads, knottable Tiger tail, (no need for tools,etc), and a toggle clasp.

For your chance to win simply leave a comment on this post telling us what is your favorite bead on the Mzuribead website.

Competition Closed – Winners are IndiviJewels,BeadingHeartArt,Letha,Ken and Sally Lowe. (You have all been e-mailed requesting your postal address)

Competition Open Worldwide

By Shellie Wilson


23 Comments so far

  1. Heidi on August 26, 2010 10:15 pm

    I love the pure purple jumbo “The Spaceships Have Landed” paper beads, but there are so many gorgeous ones to choose from. The barkcloth beads are also beautiful.

  2. Irene L on August 27, 2010 6:03 am

    I love all the bark cloth beads. The texture and the colors are so dramatic.

  3. Corvus on August 27, 2010 6:31 am

    The jumbo To Infinity and Beyond are awesome.

  4. Julia on August 27, 2010 7:09 am

    I like the Barkcloth Beads. They are so unusual and tactile. The chunky size is an eyestopper for sure! It is also neat that they are a product which is made by another group and shared Through the Mazumi site- I especially like that they are networking in their enterprises!

  5. skinglow muse on August 27, 2010 3:12 pm

    I was amazed to find such an wonderful site while I was researching making jewelry from recycled materials. These beads are so colorful and amazing…they make you happy just seeing them. Beautiful! Thank you.

  6. ChristinaRk on August 27, 2010 4:45 pm

    Hands down, my favosite is the Jumbo green beads. However, due to it being recyled, I love the recycled beads too.

    They are soo beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Jennifer on August 29, 2010 8:25 am

    Gorgeous beads! I can’t choose just one! My faves are “The Spaceships Have Landed” and the “To Infinity and Beyond.”

  8. Coty on August 29, 2010 12:48 pm

    I love the red berry beads! So natural!

  9. Suzanne on August 29, 2010 7:15 pm

    So many colors of the variety of beads but I am drawn to the Barkcloth beads. They look so organic and interesting.

  10. Mildred T on August 29, 2010 7:20 pm

    I like the blue/white TO INFINITY & BEYOND beads.

  11. Sally Lowe on August 30, 2010 9:11 am

    Definitely Omo in turquoise! I made a necklace with an earlier version of these beads and it’s been much admired. These beads are so much lighter and more comfortable to wear than glass or ceramic.

  12. Jewelry Making Supplies on August 30, 2010 12:09 pm

    I found your site on del.icio.us this morning and really liked it. I bookmarked your blog and will definitely be back soon to read your new posts!

  13. Kat on August 30, 2010 1:30 pm

    Love all the beads on the Mzuribeads website, have at least one of each of everything. Especially like using the Omo (the berry bead) in my jewellery designs as the shape works so well with all my other beads.

  14. Jewelry Making Supplies on September 1, 2010 9:46 am

    I loved the article! These types of resources are extremely valuable to anyone interested in making jewelry. I can’t wait to read some more of your articles!

  15. Lynn on September 2, 2010 3:42 am

    I am a Mzuribead customer and have to say ALL the beads are fabulous. I really like the jumbo recycled paper beads. I have them in black and they are awesome! But, I love the bead mixes of recycled beads – so much inspiration in one bag. OH, and the banana leaf beads are little pieces of glory! sigh. My favorite? Tough call. I guess I’ll stick with the jumbo! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  16. Jenny Jones on September 2, 2010 12:29 pm

    My favorite beads are the Jumbo Spaceships Have landed. They are amazing.

  17. Letha Lynea on September 4, 2010 8:32 am

    If I have to choose just one, I favor the Barkcloth beads. I love the color. By the way, the Paper Bead Dress is incredible!

  18. Ken McKee on September 4, 2010 6:17 pm

    Nice beads. Hope I win some. Comments ended.

  19. Ken McKee on September 4, 2010 6:17 pm

    Seriously, I make paper beads as a hobby. Or should I say addiction.

  20. Renee Antaya on September 6, 2010 1:00 pm

    These beads are incredible! They are a good representation of what beauty can come from, like the moth into a butterfly. I would use these as a sign that all is beautiful.

  21. joelle on September 6, 2010 1:32 pm

    these beads are way more than just beads they are fair trade for a fairer world and beautiful jewelry and i drool over all the beads but my favorite are jumbo’s in all the fab colours xx

  22. Doris D. on September 6, 2010 9:59 pm

    I absolutely love fair trade beads!! I am teaching a cultural beading class at a school in NYC this fall (begins in a week), and will include a class on fair trade beading in Africa. The children range from 5-8th grade, and I am sure they would absolutely love to work with such beautiful, ethical beads.

  23. IndiviJewels on September 7, 2010 3:14 am

    Such a worthwhile project and I love all the different colours mixed in together.

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