17
JUL
2012

From Somewhere with Speedo

It goes without saying that with the Olympics looming, everyone’s got sport on the brain.   Perfect timing for From Somewhere with Speedo to launch a new range of upcycled swimwear on ASOS.  From Somewhere have designed these limited edition sports-luxe bikinis and... Read More →
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13
JUL
2012

Sunglasses made from human hair

British readers should cast their minds back to those rare times when a pair of sunnies was the summer essential, as opposed to a brolly. Remember that thing they call sunshine? No doubt many will have mixed feelings about the proposition of wearing sunglasses made from human... Read More →
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10
JUL
2012

Beach house made from repurposed shipping containers

Andrew Anderson has built a home out of re-purposed shipping containers in one of New York’s wealthiest areas, the Hamptons. The Beach Box is made of six modules from New York-based SG Blocks and the interior kitted out with the most cutting edge renewable materials... Read More →
06
JUL
2012

Alternative Apparel Olivia Wilde bag

Having co-founded Campaign Happiness to support development projects in Haiti, actress Olivia Wilde has now teamed up with Alternative Apparel on a messenger bag whereby proceeds go to the Academy for Peace and Justice.  This is a secondary school in Port-au-Prince funded by Paul... Read More →
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04
JUL
2012

Pet bed made of tennis balls

In the spirit of Wimbledon mania I’ve searched high and low for the best product made of upcycled tennis balls. This hexagonal dog bed by Hugh Hayden Design is a favourite so far, made of recycled tennis balls from the New York Metropolitan area.  The balls thin out in the... Read More →
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01
JUL
2012

Upcycled aeroplane nail bar in London

There are plenty of ways to upcycle a disused aeroplane. A nail bar however probably wouldn’t be the first thing that springs to mind. London’s MW Nails have done just that with a recreated flight deck that offers first class manicures and pedicures with an... Read More →
25
JUN
2012

Bags made from recycled ring-pulls by Bottletop

Bottletop began in 2002 when Cameron Saul developed a wire frame handbag made from recycled bottle tops in Uganda  with his father Roger (Founder of Mulberry).  They launched it through the luxury British fashion house with a photographic series by iconic British photographer... Read More →
19
JUN
2012

Recycled blue glass window at Penzburg’s Islamisches Forum

Alen Jasarevic is the German-Bosnian architect behind the Islamisches Forum in Penzberg, Germany built in 2005.  Rather than opting for high minarets, traditionally found on mosques, this contemporary structure has a delicate tower and large prayer room with a stunning ornamented... Read More →
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15
JUN
2012

Reupholstered chairs by Polly Granville

Polly Granville is a London based designer who breathes new life into vintage and antique chair frames with exciting contemporary fabrics.  A great lesson in how to perceive your old furniture in a new light. Images via Polly Granville Read More →
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12
JUN
2012

Sea glass jewellery by Rebecca Ward

Rebecca Ward is a New Zealand born jeweller from Brisbane. Her work features recycled materials, particularly sea glass and pebbles found on remote beaches on the South Island of New Zealand. She also collects recycled glass from demolition yards, beaches, second hand shops,... Read More →
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08
JUN
2012

Reclaim to Wear upcycled fashion at Topshop

This month high street giant Topshop is launching a new capsule upcycled clothing line in collaboration with Reclaim to Wear.  The collection includes eight exciting new pieces including ombré denim, a panelled jersey dress and a slouchy grey marl sweater.  These are made... Read More →
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05
JUN
2012

Jewellery made from upcycled vintage stamps

With the Jubilee weekend drawing to a close it’s a fitting time to share the work of Dee Barnes.  This British designer upcycles postage stamps and vintage buttons into fabulous jewellery.  Stamps still have the original franking marks on and are set in silver plated cups... Read More →
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28
MAY
2012

Makedo self-connectors for upcycling

Makedo is a set of self-connectors which allow you to easily join cardboard, plastic and fabric to form new objects and structures.   Play objects, kid’s costumes, furniture and decorations for the home can all be made from the stuff around you and after use, easily dismantled... Read More →
26
MAY
2012

NUBE Lights made from plastic bags

At first glance it’s hard to decipher what the NUBE light is made from.  Their unique shape is actually achieved with recycled carrier bags.  Depending on size, each light is made from between 10 and 100 reclaimed bags.  Chorch is the Argentinian brand that makes them and... Read More →
23
MAY
2012

Marks and Spencer clothes recycling campaign

Marks and Spencer have collaborated with Oxfam to launch their new ‘shwopping’ campaign. The scheme addresses the huge issue of waste in the clothing industry (that’s half a million tonnes of clothing ending up in UK landfill every year), highlighting the... Read More →
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20
MAY
2012

Redundant electrical items in Vanity Fair watches feature

A lovely watches spread in UK Vanity Fair on Time supplement by stylist Brigit Hegarty.  It features assembled found, unwanted and vintage electrical items such as telephone, typewriter, radio, computer parts, cameras and clocks. Brigit is also a set designer and installation... Read More →
17
MAY
2012

Flocked reclaimed wood furniture by Nic Parnell

Working with the process of electro-static flocking, Nic Parnell transforms pieces of reclaimed wood with an injection of tactile colour.  His collection of interior pieces ‘Outside In’ aspires to bridge the gap between the surreal and the ordinary.  Usually chosen... Read More →
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09
MAY
2012

End of line ribbon jewellery by Michelle Lowe-Holder

Victorian Flowers and Cream Crocodiles is the SS12 collection from Michelle Lowe-Holder.  It’s an abstract combination of tiny flowers, snakeskin, wings and bright things translated into cuffs, collars and necklaces.  The textiles are vintage end of line floral ribbons and... Read More →
06
MAY
2012

Upcycled glass tiles by Ellen Blakeley

Ellen Blakeley was passing a shattered bus shelter in her San Francisco neighbourhood.  The glass had been shot out with BB guns and lay in glittering heaps on the asphalt.  Seeing great design potential in the tempered glass she was led into the world of glass mosaic and has now... Read More →
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01
MAY
2012

From Somewhere upcycled fashion

Upcycled clothing champions From Somewhere have chosen stripes and pretty pastels for their SS12 collection.  With their signature geometric panels, these pieces are modern, elegant and original.  Shop online at Yoox. Images via From Somewhere Read More →
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29
APR
2012

Hand painted chairs from Plümo

Love these upcycled wooden chairs available to buy from Plümo.  They are hand painted in Northern India with vibrant flowers, foliage and birds by local craftspeople on a fairtrade basis. Image via Plümo Read More →
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25
APR
2012

Thailand art studio built from reclaimed boat wood

A massive thank you to good friend (and very talented illustrator) Sophie Crichton for introducing me to Pui Ngowsiri.  Sophie is currently living in Phuket, Thailand and recently came across the fantastic Love Art Studio in Phuket Art Village, Rawai.  This is home and studio to... Read More →
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23
APR
2012

Capturing Resonance installation by Soo Sunny Park

Capturing Resonance is a beautiful installation by sculptor Soo Sunny Park and composer Spencer Topel.  This is a multi-sensory space and ‘sculptural soundscape’ using chain-link fencing and plexi-glass. As the natural light shines in, the projected image shifts in... Read More →
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18
APR
2012

Magazine collage portraits by Derek Gores

Derek Gores from Florida has been a successful commercial designer and illustrator for fifteen years and is famed for his collage portraits made from recycled magazines, labels and found materials.  Influenced by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Max Ernst, he says he isn’t... Read More →
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16
APR
2012

Homeware made from upcycled wine bottles by Lucirmás

We’re very excited to discover Lucirmás a Spanish company which makes beautiful homewares out of upcycled wine bottles, all handmade in Barcelona, Spain. Their mission is to create products which utilize the charm, value and versatility of recycled glass. Glass is... Read More →
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14
APR
2012

Handbags made from upcycled carrier bags by Manos Verdes

Manos Verdes (Green Hands) is a small group of Colombian workers that make handmade products from waste material.  As well as fantastic handbags made from recycled supermarket carrier bags, they make ornamental flowers out of plastic bottles and use sweet wrappers to make wallets... Read More →
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13
APR
2012

Furniture made from reclaimed materials by Shiner International

Joe Manus is the brains behind Shiner International, a name that derives from the black eye he acquired aged 7. Having earned a reputation designing high end boutiques and nightclubs in Atlanta, USA he launched his first collection of modern, eco-friendly furnishings.  All... Read More →
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10
APR
2012

Upcycled fashion by Goodone

London label Goodone has been making beautiful upcycled clothing since 2006 and their Spring/Summer 2012 collection boasts some fresh, bold and fabulous new pieces.  The Blouson dress is a personal favourite.  It’s made from reclaimed silk shirts, modal mix jersey made in... Read More →
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07
APR
2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paints

If you’re inspired to upcycle some old pieces of furniture this Easter weekend,  be sure to check out Annie Sloan‘s Chalk Paints.  This is a beautiful collection of 24 colours that have a matt, velvety finish.  They are specially designed for furniture but can also be... Read More →
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03
APR
2012

Skeleton upcycled lampshades by Donna Walker

These fabulous Skeleton Lampshades are by British design Donna Walker.  She strips back the fabric from existing lampshades to reveal the original craftsmanship of the wire frames.  Other unique pieces in her collection include include Irony.  An ironing board, predominantly seen... Read More →
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27
MAR
2012

Chandeliers made from kitchen items by Madeleine Boulesteix

Inspired by the post-war thrift from her parents generation, Madeleine Boulesteix makes opulent chandeliers out of humble kitchen items.  Jelly moulds, teacups and spoons are cleverly assembled to make one of a kind light fittings that complement interiors both traditional and... Read More →
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25
MAR
2012

Antiform at Dalston’s Here Today Gone Tomorrow

This Thursday will see the launch of Antiform‘s SS12 collection at Here Today Here Tomorrow in Dalston, London.  The latest upcycled range from the Leeds label is a fusion of folklore, heritage and sportswear inspired pieces.  Head down between 4-9pm to 30a Balls Pond Road,... Read More →
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21
MAR
2012

Upcyclist and The Blue Economy

An enormous thank you goes out to Professor Gunter Pauli for his tremendous support for Upcyclist.  Pauli is an entrepreneur, lecturer, author and commentator in culture, science, politics, sustainability and the environment. His twenty books, including Upcycling (1999) have been... Read More →
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17
MAR
2012

Dovecote Studio by Haworth Tompkins

Haworth Tompkins‘ ‘Dovecote Studio’ is a weathered steel dwelling built inside the existing structure of a Victorian dovecote in a state of ruin.  Situated on the Suffolk coast, it is a has a glazed corner window overlooking long views of the marshes towards the... Read More →
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14
MAR
2012

Upcycled Selling Exhibition at The Old Cinema

Most excited to hear about the Upcycled Selling Exhibition at The Old Cinema (160 Chiswick High Road, London W4 1PR).  The Old Cinema is a picture palace dating from the 1890s which has been refurbished into an antiques, vintage, and retro department store.  The exhibition takes... Read More →
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12
MAR
2012

Jewellery from Thames River treasure by Alexandra Abraham

Alexandra Abraham is a British artist who works with acrylics, mixed media and 23 carat gold leaf. Her unique jewellery and paintings make use of found objects and collected ephemera such as old china and glass fragments picked up on the Thames Foreshore as well as old coins,... Read More →
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07
MAR
2012

Shipping crate furniture by Boudewijn van den Bosch

BEEmeubels (BEEdesign) is owned by Dutch designer Boudewijn van den Bosch who transforms materials with a previous ‘life’ into stunning furniture. He takes shipping crates used to export coloured glass from the USA to the Netherlands and makes them into unique tables... Read More →
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04
MAR
2012

Reclaimed deckchair bags by Jamtarts & Tractors

Jamtarts & Tractors are an Isle of Wight company that make eco-friendly bags and accessories out of reclaimed deckchair, windbreak and sun bed fabric.  They make a fabulous array of shopping totes, courier bags and clutches with colourful cotton linings.  I’ve seen one... Read More →
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29
FEB
2012

Upcycled furniture by Lucy Turner

Cornwall designer Lucy Turner transforms mid-century furniture with the clever use of laser cut Formica laminate. She applies playful shapes such as pineapples, tulips and flamingos to chests of drawers and dressing tables, resulting in fabulous one off items with a fun, retro... Read More →
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26
FEB
2012

Watches made from parts of the Titanic by Romain Jerome

Swiss watch maker Romain Jerome takes owning ‘a piece of history’ to new heights with watches that contain original elements recovered from the hull of the Titanic.  Forged with steel which has been salvaged from the depths of the Atlantic, he uses a unique... Read More →
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23
FEB
2012

Ethical fashion at London Fashion Week

In the East Wing of Somerset House the Estethica exhibition saw its twelfth season at London Fashion Week this month, once again showing its dedication to sustainable fashion with a fine selection of ethical designers.  Notable upcyclers included Victim Fashion Street. ... Read More →
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21
FEB
2012

Suitcase speakers by JukeCases™

Many thanks to Jon Napier for introducing me to JukeCases™ by Etsy seller SonValise.  These are custom vintage portable hifis made from recycled speakers and suitcases – stylish, portable and perfect for picnics and days at the beach.  Many speakers used are made... Read More →
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17
FEB
2012

Beautiful light made from cookbook pages

Love this lamp by Hutch Studio.  It comprises 33 lampshade houses made from vintage 1950s cookbook pages. Image via Hutch Studio Read More →
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15
FEB
2012

Reclaim to Wear by Orsola de Castro

Reclaim to Wear has been set up by Orsola de Castro, founder of the wonderful upcycled eco label From Somewhere.  A design standard of excellence, RTW strives to facilitate connections between designers, retailers and the textile industry to help ensure pre-consumer textile waste... Read More →
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13
FEB
2012

Book store in a converted church

Books have often been considered sacred objects but with their possible extinction looming, a bookshop constructed inside a converted Dominican church does seem strangely appropriate.  Built in 2007, Merkz+Girod Architects won an architectural award for Boekhandel Selexyz... Read More →
09
FEB
2012

Jewellery made from found objects by Poppy Jasper

Poppy Jasper is unique jewellery made from found objects, recycled and antique pieces sourced from souks, vintage stores and flea markets.  Much of Jill’s inspiration is taken from the local handmade crafts seen on her travels around Asia, India, Europe and the Middle East,... Read More →
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07
FEB
2012

Reclaimed wood furniture by Richard Keal

Sussex woodworker Richard Keal takes wood sourced from tree surgeons in his local area and transforms it into pieces of furniture.  Inspired by the stories told by the irregularities and bulbous deformities of every branch, he hunts out complementary shapes and hues whilst... Read More →
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05
FEB
2012
Upcycled side table by Ruby Rhino

Upcycled furniture by Ruby Rhino

For wonderful one-of-a-kind furniture check out UK company Ruby Rhino who restore old pieces of furniture using unique pattern and colour techniques.  “We embrace imperfection by highlighting natural holes, cracks and scratches to allow the original charm to shine... Read More →
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31
JAN
2012

Plastic bottle jewellery initiative in Western Sahara

This unique jewellery resulted from a fantastic collaboration between RCA graduate Florie Salnot and Sandblast – an arts and human rights charity that works with the indigenous people from Western Sahara.  Old plastic bottles are collected from refugee camps and repurposed... Read More →
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29
JAN
2012

Industrial lighting by Edward Hodgson Design

These slimline and elegant interior lights are by UK based Edward Hodgson Design.  They’re made from yorkshire joints and compression fittings combined with arcs formed from 8mm copper tubing.  A cold cathode tube emits soft clean light. The Arc collection includes a wall,... Read More →
26
JAN
2012

Livia Firth recycled dress at Golden Globe Awards 2012

Livia Firth has showcased another stunning eco gown at the 69th Golden Globe Awards.  In collaboration with Armani, the creative director of Eco Age wears a classic strapless dress made of fibre derived from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles scavenged from households in... Read More →
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25
JAN
2012

Fascinators made from upcycled vinyl records

Vinyl records get upcycled into all sorts of weird and wonderful things, sometimes without much success.  Thankfully, there are exceptions.  Charlotte Dymock makes hats and fascinators from upcycled 45RPM vinyl records.  The edges are gently heated and sculpted into frills and... Read More →
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24
JAN
2012

Recycled Home book by Mark and Sally Bailey

For fantastic home interior inspiration check out Recycled Home by Mark and Sally Bailey.  This book demonstrates the very best in stylish, modern interiors created from upcycled, reclaimed and vintage objects and materials.  Integral to Baileys Home and Garden is a repair,... Read More →
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22
JAN
2012

Everything Must Go with Lucy Siegle

There was some great discussion regarding the future of ethical fashion at The Bargehouse yesterday.  Chaired by journalist, broadcaster and author of To Die For Lucy Siegle, ‘Talking Rubbish’ formed part of the Everything Must Go exhibition at London’s Oxo... Read More →
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19
JAN
2012

Chandelier made from everyday objects by Winnie Lui

This incredible White Chandelier made of toys and everyday found objects is by Hong Kong designer Winnie Lui.  The random selection of assembled ephemera in uniform bright white casts magical shadows when lit.   Fifty of these limited edition lights have been made and you can... Read More →
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18
JAN
2012

Jewellery made from biscuit tins by Kate Hamilton-Hunter

Loving the work of jeweller Kate Hamilton- Hunter who makes necklaces, earrings and bracelets from recycled metals at her studio on the coast of North Wales.  Her first designs were fashioned from old patterned biscuit, sweet and toffee tins.  She also incorporates silver,... Read More →
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16
JAN
2012

Lighting made from broken glass by Lovers Lights

Lovers Lights are beautiful pendant lights by Janis Haves which are made from bits of leftover glass.  There are between 35 and 120 pendants in each light which are all hand cut. The glass that would usually end up in the skip is sourced from picture framers, window makers and... Read More →
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16
JAN
2012

Waste People sculpture by H A Schult

Trash People by artist H A Schult have made their way to virtually every corner of the globe. A representation of our wasteful society, Schult’s army of sculptures are made entirely from crushed cans and electronic waste.  They began their journey in 1996 from a Roman... Read More →
12
JAN
2012

Upcycled fashion by Metamorfixx

For Petra Hanson of Metamorfixx, upcycled clothing is not about tailoring, but transformation.  Her background in fashion and a passion for fine knits has for over a decade resulted in a fabulous collection of attention grabbing ensembles.  She also designs clothing for fellow... Read More →
11
JAN
2012

Anschtecka upcycled textile backpacks

Anschtecka backpacks are functional works of art, handmade from reclaimed materials.  The Floral Flock Backpack is made from salvaged fabric and collected used buttons from a flea market in Berlin and the Umbrella Backpack is (you guessed it) made from an umbrella, available from... Read More →
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