We've tested a lot of charging cables over the years. None have had a 5 year warranty. Syllucid is the antidote to the flimsy, fraying cables you're used to. They're durable design meeting responsible supply chain.
 
This really is the kind of charger cable we’ve dreamed of for years. In an industry of throwaway electronics, Syllucid demonstrate how manufacturers can and should do better. 
 
Read on to learn more from Co-founder Andrew.
 

Please introduce yourself and your role at Syllucid.

I’m Andrew Appleby, CEO and co-founder at Syllucid.

What was the driving force behind setting up Syllucid?

Campground rules. I believe in leaving this planet in a better place than I found it.
We may feel like our individual choices don’t make much of a difference, but it’s our collective decisions, big and small, that ultimately shape the world.
Unless you’re involved in electronic production, it is next to impossible to quite
comprehend the scope and severity of the environmental and social issues within
their supply chains. With my experience as an engineer and time at Fairphone, I’m in a position to improve how our electronics are made and provide responsible options for those that want to make impactful choices.
 


Tell us a bit about your materials and production methods. Why did you choose to
go with these?

There’s very limited infrastructure for fairness and sustainability within electronics,
but through a number of like minded partnerships we’re able to approach securing
our supply chains with a top down and bottom up approach. This allows us to
produce cables containing certified post consumer recycled plastics, recycled
aluminium, carbon neutral tin solder while supporting Fairtrade Gold via gold plated connectors. There’s countless improvements that still need to be made, but we’re approaching the problems step by step.
 

Tell us more about the design of a Syllucid cable.

Durability is an important aspect of sustainability. The longer you use your products, the lower their overall impact. There’s a number of design elements we’ve included into our cables to maximise their life including; Woven exterior, extended bend protectors, thicker conductive wires, reinforced core and gold plated connectors.
 

Is there anything that frustrates you about the electronics industry?

Greenwashing is a very real problem and there are many high profile companies with various sustainability claims. However, if you scratch below the surface of the shiny marketing, you’ll generally find little meaningful substance behind the words.
 

What key things make your products different from others on the market?

Our cables are arguably the most ethical and sustainable cables available, however it’s the mission behind the products that makes them different. Syllucid’s entire existence is to reform an industry. Each and every decision is made with that in mind.
 

Which is your favourite piece in the collection and why?

Our second range of products (the Origin range) is my favourite. It embodies our step by step approach towards impactful change. With these cables we were able to improve product design and include certifications for circular materials, worker rights and carbon neutral production.
 

Have you got any exciting plans for Syllucid over the next year, eg. new products, collections, or categories?

I’d love to go into details, but all I can say is we have a number of exciting projects in the works for both products and materials!

Tell us about a product in your life that has lasted a really long time.

I’ve got a good pair of winter boots that I’ve had for at least 20 years and they’re still going strong!
 

Tell us about a frustrating time a product of yours broke.

I can’t stress enough how much printers are the bane of my existence! They've been around for decades and you’d think the technology would have evolved to be extremely reliable. But they’re not... If I ever get the time/capacity, I’m going to make printer that just works and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg for ink.

Anything else you’d like to add?

It’s not always easy to make sustainable choices, but that’s ok, you don’t have to. It’s not necessarily being the most sustainable person possible, but making sustainable choices when you can. If everyone does this, it’s a huge step in the right direction.
May 20, 2024 — Georgie Crosswell