The first network of solidarity organizations specialized in upcycling

Project details

  • Main leader : Métamorphose "Rendre l'éphémère durable"
  • Type of initiative :
  • Périmètre : NATIONAL
  • Localisation : 72, route de Tiragon
  • Date de début : janvier 2018

Economy circular topics

  • Extending useful service life
  • Responsible consumption
  • Recycling
  • Eco-design
  • Functional service economy
  • Industrial and regional ecology
  • Sustainable procurement

Métamorphose is a national network of 5 organizations allowing people to enter employment via business activity, spread throughout France, with upcycling and eco-design as their business support.

Métamorphose designs and creates original accessories, crafted in France from advertising tarpaulins, inner tubes, jute fabrics, work clothes, awnings, leather, etc. recovered from local authorities and companies. 

Métamorphose has become part of a sustainable development initiative by contributing to the reduction and recovery of waste. Through responsible, ecological production, from the preparation of materials to the production of clothing and the transport of products, Métamorphose asserts its commitment to producing totally French artisanal products, in a responsible and resolutely ecological way.

Métamorphose responds to a market need, by manufacturing French, artisanal, original and quality products.

Métamorphose offers a rewarding activity for women. They create "beauty", and perform many and varied tasks that allow them to acquire skills that can be transferred to other sectors of activity.

In this way Metamorphosis helps to combat discrimination against women in terms of integration programmes.

Qualitative benefits

The main objectives targeted by Metamorphosis are:

  • Contribute to the integration of people least able to find employment. At Métamorphose, 80% of the workforce on integration programmes are women.
  • Limit waste production and promote the circular economy.
  • Reduce companies' waste management costs, while enabling them to improve their CSR commitment

Key figures and results 2017:

  • 5 integration projects
  • Over 60 employees on integration programmes, 80% of whom are women
  • 15 permanent employees
  • 5,000 tarpaulins recycled
  • 6 tons of waste recovered

Stages of the initiative

The stages of the initiative:

Driving forces and obstacles:

The main driving force is the growing awareness by companies and local authorities that a large part of their waste can be recycled. The main obstacle is the means that companies and local authorities wish to allocate to a responsible approach.


Areas of activity

  • Crafts
  • Services
  • Recycling
  • Trade


  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Plastic
  • Textiles

Pillar(s) of the circular economy

  • Extending useful service life
  • Responsible consumption
  • Recycling
  • Eco-design

Technical resources

Our network recovers waste directly from companies and local authorities.

Human resources

The network organizations have over 60 employees on integration programmes, and over 15 permanent employees.

Cost & funding


  • AG2R LA MONDIALE, Fondation MACIF, Fondation Raja Danièle Marcovici, FAPE EDF

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