Our Story

Ciclomanias started out as the dream of two high school students from the city of Aguascalientes, México: Elizabeth Romo Rábago and Marco Adolfo Rivera Muñoz. Ever since, Ciclomanias has been built upon three objectives that have been key to its development in Mexico and Canada:

  1. The elaboration of unique, useful, and environmentally friendly goods that contributes to a circular economy.
  2. The development of environmental education programs to raise awareness about the imperative need to act towards environmental protection.
  3. The participation and empowerment of vulnerable sectors of the populations such as immigrants, seniors, and deaf women.

Ludoplastia

Since 2002, Ciclomanias has had the privilege to incorporate the Ludoplastia technique to achieve its first and second objectives.

The Ludoplastia Technique (from the Greek words Ludos – play and plasté- shape), is a technique created by a Mexican architect and artist, José Luis Vargas Luévano, that uses geometric shapes. He suggested that “to be able to play with the geometric shapes one should first know their origin” to finally create objects full of art.

Never too Late to Make a Difference

In 2003, Ciclomanias achieved its third objective when a social service was developed to connect undergraduate students with seniors’ communities throughout the City of Aguascalientes with upcycling workshops. These workshops helped both generations to talk about environmental issues, particularly waste in a fun, artistic and productive way. The handicrafts made during these sessions were sold and provided an extra income for the seniors that otherwise had limited job opportunities.

This was the beginning of Ciclomanias’ holistic approach to integrate the three pillars of Sustainability by protecting our environment with productive activities while empowering vulnerable groups.



Timeline

2001

Ciclomanias Business Idea was born.

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Youth and Government State Forum


Youth and Government State Forum

Jose Luis Vargas Luevano


Jose Luis Vargas Luevano

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2002

Ciclomanias started using the Ludoplastia technique created by the Mexican architect and artist Jose Luis Vargas Luévano.

2003

Development of a volunteer project, with the objective of facilitating upcycling activities and encouraging collaboration between university students and senior citizens. These workshops were offered in different communities across Aguascalientes, Mexico.

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Never too late to make a difference


Never too late to make a difference

Culture and Arts Award


Culture and Arts Award

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2004

Ciclomanias’ volunteer project was a recipient of the Culture and Arts Award - Urban Culture Category awarded by the Mexican Cultural Institute (ICA). Aguascalientes, Mexico.

2005

Ciclomanias’ co-founders were awarded with the Youth State Award, Entrepreneur Category awarded by the Government of Aguascalientes, Mexico.


Participation as a speaker and with a booth at the inaugural Conference of the Environmental Week organized by the Civil Association “Biohuellas”. Jalostotitlán, Jalisco State, Mexico.

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Youth State Award


Youth State Award

Ecotianguis at the Park


Ecotianguis at the Park

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2006

Upcycling workshops offerings at the Ecotianguis in the Environmental Education Center “Rodolfo Landeros Gallegos”, Aguascalientes, Mexico.

2007

Ciclomanias received support from the Secretariat of Economy in Aguascalientes, Mexico to train and employ women and seniors from the City of Aguascalientes, Mexico.

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Conchita y Lichita


Conchita y Lichita

Talamantes Ponce seniors club


Talamantes Ponce seniors club

Participation at INEGI


Participation at INEGI

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2008

Talks, workshops, and exhibition of art & crafts in The “Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática” (National Institute of Statistics, Geography, and Informatics; INEGI). Aguascalientes, Mexico.

2009

Ciclomanias started operations in Canada and joined Calgary Dollars Initiative accepting up to 30 % Calgary Dollars in any purchase.

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Calgary Dollars
Las páginas verdes
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2010

Ciclomanias joined Las paginas Verdes which is a platform for environmentally friendly products and services. Mexico.

2011

Participation in Mexico and Canada’s Summer and Fall Festivals such as: Ecofest, Fiestaval Latino., Chinese Market, Mount Royal University, Chateau Renoir, Haysboro Community Centre, Dalhousie Community Centre, and Triwood Community Centre. Calgary, Canada.

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EcoFest


EcoFest

Chinatown Street Festival Go Eco


Chinatown Street Festival Go Eco

Nature’s Ride
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2012

Ciclomanias partnered with Nature’s Ride to develop environmental education programs by integrating Art and Science in Canada and Mexico.

Everybody’s World Akai and Mamoo concert.


Everybody’s World Akai and Mamoo concert

The Adventures of Akai and Mamoo Book and CD launched at "Everybody's world" concert.

2013

Participation with a booth and delivering a session for teachers at the Calgary Teachers Convention. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


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Vermicomposting Program for Grade 4 students


Vermicomposting Program for Grade 4 students

Development of Vermicomposting Program and worms bin rental.

Worms bin rental


Worms Bin Rental

Sustainability ON Award received from president emerita of the University of Calgary, M. Elizabeth Cannon


Sustainability ON Award received from president emerita of the University of Calgary, M. Elizabeth Cannon

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2014

Sustainability ON Award received for Ciclomanias work developed in Canada and Mexico. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

2015

Started offering Birthday parties for kids and adults.


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Birthday Party with Ocean Theme


Birthday Party with Ocean Theme

Applefest Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association. Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

Applefest


Applefest

International Children's Festival, St. Albert


International Children's Festival, St. Albert

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2016

Participation at the International Children’s Festival,Fringe Festival, Mexifest, Canada Day and Lilac Festival, Etsy Made in Canada, Valley Zoo. Edmonton, and Calgary area.

Mexifest, Calgary


Mexifest, Calgary

2017

Participation at the Festival of Crafts, Our Best to you, and Butterdome Craft Show. Calgary, Red Deer, and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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Our Best to you Red Deer Craft Show


Our Best to you Red Deer Craft Show

Publication of Lotli a bilingual children book which talks about the origin of the Monarch Butterfly, its biology and conservation.

Lotli, the origin of the Monarch Butterfly illustrated book

Lotli, the origin of the Monarch Butterfly illustrated book

Lotli performance at the Lilac Festival


Lotli performance at the Lilac Festival

Calgary Baby and Tot show


Calgary Baby and Tot show

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2018

Participation at the Calgary Baby and Tot Show facilitating upcycling workshops and providing environmentally friendly Art decoration for the Show. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Eco-Toppers for the Calgary Baby and Tot Show


Eco-Toppers for the Calgary Baby and Tot Show

2019

Design the speaker gifts for the Recycling Council of Alberta Conference. Jasper, Alberta, Canada.

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Speaker gifts for the Recycling Council of Alberta Conference


Speaker gifts for the Recycling Council of Alberta Conference


International Christmas Market. Spruce Meadows. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

International Christmas Market


International Christmas Market

Partnership with S-cubed environmental to provide waste reduction and waste management services.

International Christmas Market
Online upcycling sessions


Online upcycling sessions

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2020

Started offering online upcycling sessions.

Online upcycling sessions


Waste is not waste summer camp




Ciclomanias in partnership with Nature’s Ride, developed and delivered the Waste is not waste summer camp.