Greener Living

08
APR
2013

Accessories made from tarpaulin scraps by Real Deal Brazil

The lived-in ruggedness of pieces by Real Deal Brazil are what make them so appealing. The original Real Deal tarp heat (as seen on actor Woody Harrelson in the film Zombieland) is described as “sort of like a fedora, sort of like an Aussie Outback hat after a full day... Read More →
05
MAR
2013

Upcycled umbrella accessories by Recycling Zychal

When rainfall hits the streets of London (basically most of the time), crumpled and dejected umbrellas can be found on virtually every street corner.  It’s time someone either made an umbrella that doesn’t break so easily – or found an innovative way to upcycle... Read More →
22
FEB
2013

Hetty Rose reclaimed kimono shoes

Here’s something to brighten your mood on this cold wintery day…  Hetty Rose transforms vintage Japanese kimono fabric into fabulous footwear from her workshop in Essex.  She describes the material as “relics of a disappearing world, saturated in significance... Read More →
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21
FEB
2013

Forage bow ties made from reclaimed fabrics

Great to discover Something’s Hiding in Here on Etsy – an awesome Philadelphia based design duo.  Their beautifully presented products include this paper chain kit which is cut from recycled letterpress printed paper with interlocking tabs so they’r... Read More →
17
FEB
2013

Estethica AW13 London Fashion Week

This weekend I had a sneak preview of the best of next season’s ethical fashion at Estethica, London Fashion Week.  As always, innovative use of upcycled materials is high on the agenda for many of the designers who have been specially chosen for their ethical credentials. ... Read More →
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10
FEB
2013

Eqo Optics reclaimed skateboard sunglasses

There is a distinct lack of sunshine over London right now so UK readers will have to use some imagination here! Over in Colorado Springs, skateboarding enthusiasts Jon Winfrey and Ryan Vecchiarelli have created Eqo Optics, a company that turns unwanted broken skateboards into... Read More →
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04
FEB
2013

Upcycled bridal gowns by Armour sans Anguish

Armour sans Anguish garments are constructed entirely from salvaged and recycled materials by California designer, Tawny Holt.  As her Etsy page demonstrates every dress is unique and the ideal choice if you’re looking to create a romantic, folk-inspired wedding with a... Read More →
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31
JAN
2013

Cardboard jewellery by N-Product

These rings are made from laser-cut cardboard.  Each consists of multiple layers of paperboard, glued together and lacquered with a polymer epoxy to make them water, chemical and ultraviolet resistant.  Dominic Coballe and his wife Chrystale Ladouceur are the brains behind the... Read More →
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25
JAN
2013

Jewellery made from t-shirts by Julia Vasic

Julia Vasic is a San Francisco based luxury eco brand with a clean, sporty and feminine aesthetic.  Jewellery is made from discarded materials, such as unwanted t-shirts destined for landfill.  After studying fashion at Central St. Martins in London, Vasic went on to design for... Read More →
20
JAN
2013

Jewellery crafted from Cambodian landmines

Jewellery company Saught works with Cambodian artisans to make earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets from scrap metal left by landmines.  The Singapore-based business works in partnership with Italian NGO Fileo Development Organisation, offering three lines of socially... Read More →
17
JAN
2013

Feng Ho ethical fashion

Feng Ho is an award-winning ethical fashion designer based in Oxford, England.  As well as using fabrics such as Tencel, soy, organic cotton and hemp, she uses end-of-line textiles from British fabric merchants in many of her designs.  Pictured is the Tessellate collection is... Read More →
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02
JAN
2013

Antiform upcycled fabric purses and scarves

Upcycled fashion brand Antiform are making purses and scarves from upcycled textiles.  Pictured above is  their Copper Penny Mixed Knit Scarf which is knitted from recycled fibres on a vintage 1920s machine – the last running in the country.  If you’re in the Leeds area... Read More →
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30
DEC
2012

Mnmur bags made from tyres

If anyone knows how to make bags, it’s the Italians.  I’m very excited to discover Mnmur, despite not being able to pronounce it.  The brand behind these brilliant bags made from tyres also make a range of wallets and accessories such as belts and jewellery.  Pictured... Read More →
13
DEC
2012

Womens accessories made from ties

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Annett Malone from South Orange County turns the masculine into feminine with superb jewellery, hair accessories and clutch bags from men’s ties.  Here are a few favourites from her Etsy shop. Images via Etsy Read More →
30
NOV
2012

The Unknitting Machine that unravels clothes

The Unknitting Machine is a genius device that unravels old knitted clothes so the yarn can be reused.  Designed by Kingston University Product and Furniture Design student Imogen Hedges, the starting point for the project was the discovery that charity shops devote hours to... Read More →
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27
NOV
2012

Upcycled bags by Katcha Bilek

Katcha Bilek is the brains behind KB, a Bristol-based sustainable fashion accessories brand.  KB make durable and waterproof bags and accessories from repurposed inner tubes, car seatbelts, and bike tyres.  The materials’ hard-wearing qualities are utilised to make products... Read More →
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