textile recycling

30
NOV
2019
Nude fringed lampshade

Interview: Upcycled vintage lampshades by textile designer Heather Orr

After graduating in Constructed Textiles from the Royal College of Art, Folkestone-based textile designer Heather Orr forged a collaboration with fashion designer and fellow RCA graduate Jane Bowler. Their bold collections gained a celebrity following – worn by the likes of... Read More →
11
NOV
2018
Ian Berry denim artist

INTERVIEW: Art and installation made from repurposed denim by Ian Berry

At school Ian Berry was known as the art one. But around aged 18, he didn’t turn up for his art foundation course and listening to those who said art wasn’t a way to make a living (something he now campaigns against when lecturing at schools and universities), went to... Read More →
14
APR
2018
Radiator chair

10 of the wildest chair designs made from repurposed materials

When it comes to reusing unwanted materials in an innovative way, it seems the humble seat can be made from just about anything. Looking at the designs below, seating can also surprise and delight as a striking art piece. If you’re sitting comfortably, read on to see some... Read More →
11
NOV
2017
Chair cover made from shredded waste textile by Ragamuf

Could we make homeware from upcycled clothing?

The rate at which we produce and throw away clothes is leading to inconceivable amounts of textile waste. According to the 2017 report by Pulse of the Fashion Industry, only 20% of discarded clothing actually gets reused or recycled. The majority ends up in landfills or gets... Read More →
17
NOV
2016
Centre Stage at Web Summit 2016

Sustainable fashion at Web Summit Lisbon 2016

Exhausted and buzzing. That’s how I would describe my digital hangover after recently returning from Lisbon for Web Summit 2016. One of the world’s biggest technology conferences, Web Summit is now in it’s 8th year and saw 53,000 people descend on the Portuguese... Read More →
29
SEP
2016
Debris Chair made from ocean waste textile by Carmen V Machado

Chairs made from ocean waste textile

Cockpit Arts is a London-based business incubator for craftspeople at the start of their careers. At this year’s London Design Fair, they presented the marvellous Debris Chair by Carmen V Machado. As part of her MA project at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Carmen... Read More →
20
SEP
2016
Upcycled chairs for kids bedrooms made from old jeans by Jeanbag

10 Brilliant Upcycled Chairs for Kids Bedrooms

One of the best things about kids is their shamelessly weird and whimsical tastes. A chair that looks like a bunny rabbit? Yes please! Perhaps this is why creative furniture upcycling is so perfect for kids bedrooms – they’re guaranteed to love the quirky stuff. From... Read More →
02
JUN
2016
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INTERVIEW: Mat Dusting, founder of M-24

When 27-year-old Mat Dusting graduated from university, he was on the look out for a durable bag that would transport his skiing and snowboarding gear without ripping. Inspired by some of the materials lying around on the family farm, he began experimenting. Fast forward four... Read More →
16
MAY
2016

RE:DO upcycled furniture by Marie-Louise Hellgren

I had the pleasure of meeting Swedish designer Marie-Louise Hellgren at Tent London a few years back. It was here that she introduced me to Pink One Puff, a beautiful dusky pink stool made from recycled airbag material. Since then, she has launched a collection of upcycled... Read More →
06
DEC
2015
Baseball-cap-made-from-billiard-cloth-by-Valorisation-Lab

Upcycled billiard table cloth headwear by Valorisation Lab

Valorisation Lab. is a Ukrainian brand run by Denis Chernyavskyy, specialising in headwear made from unconventional and reused materials. Over the summer, they launched their first collection of baseball caps made from vintage scarves. Chernyavskyy has now launched a Kickstarter... Read More →
13
NOV
2015

INTERVIEW: Patricio Abreu, founder of Vaho

The Vaho project was founded in 2001 by Patricio Abreu, starting out from a small multidisciplinary design studio in Barcelona. Vaho make handmade bags, belts, wallets and tech cases that are crafted from upcycled advertisement flags hung from street lamps in Barcelona and... Read More →
12
OCT
2015

Bags made from upcycled banners by Vaho

With the new 5p charge on supermarket carrier bags in the UK, it might be time to shop for the perfect tote bag to cart those groceries around. Vaho are a small multidisciplinary design studio in Barcelona. They create handmade bags from upcycled banners which in their first life... Read More →
11
SEP
2015

AW15 collection made from upcycled silk by Kitty Ferreira

Founded in 2013, Kitty Ferreira is the brainchild of Valerie Goode. Whilst working as a Senior Designer in China, her firsthand experience of the terrible air pollution became the catalyst for her new line of clothing. Manufactured in London, the Pomonion range is mad... Read More →
20
JUL
2015
topshop-reclaim

Topshop Reclaim upcycled clothing line

With the success of Orsola de Castro’s Reclaim to Wear collaboration, Topshop have now launched their own ethical line of clothing made of surplus fabric from previous collections and production offcuts. Launched this month, the new Topshop Reclaim range boasts upcycled... Read More →
15
JUL
2015
SerpentSea mats made-from-upcycled-ropes

Accessories made from recycled marine rope by SerpentSea

Serpent Sea was founded by New Yorker Sophie Aschauer in 2011. After a sailing trip to Nantucket, she began to make colourful mats out of recycled marine rope. Using ropes that showed no signs of wear, she weaves the mats using four kinds of knot called Bonny, Drake, Morgan and... Read More →
02
MAR
2015
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Upcyclist book out now!

After months of anticipation, Upcyclist’s first book ‘Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture Lighting and Interiors‘ is finally hot off the press and released in the UK today! Together with Prestel Publishing and the extremely talented designer Paul Sloman of... Read More →
13
JAN
2015
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Upcycled fashion at the EcoChic Award 2014/15

The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition which challenges emerging designers to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. The competition is organised by Redress, a Hong Kong charity that promotes environmental sustainability in the... Read More →
07
JAN
2015

New Hotel Athens by Campana Brothers

Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana are renowned for  their reuse and re-appropriation to make furniture and interiors. Since launching in 1983 they have built an international reputation with works founded on the principles of reinvention an... Read More →
06
DEC
2014
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Homeware made from upcycled jeans by Nudie

Swedish company Nudie Jeans have upcycled 2700 pairs of old, worn out jeans into limited edition rugs and camper seats. The In-and-Out Seam Camper Seat was inspired by Sweden’s love of camping and is made from the in-and-out seam from nine pairs of jeans. The Rag Rug is... Read More →
06
NOV
2014
Maharishi

Upcycled military clothing by Maharishi

Founded by Hardy Blechman in the UK, Maharishi has been recycling military clothing in their collections since they began in 1994. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, upcycled remains a permanent feature of their mainline collection. Before being refashioned, the fabrics are... Read More →
14
OCT
2014
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Rag weaving by Hana Mitsui

Hana Mitsui is a Royal College of Art student who recently received a visionary award at the SustainRCA Show & Awards. For her graduation project, Mitsui developed a technique based on the traditional Japanese art of rag weaving, sakiori which allowed her to transform dead... Read More →
19
SEP
2014
katie-jones-knitwear

Knitwear made from reclaimed textiles by Katie Jones

Graduating from Central Saint Martins last year, Katie Jones is another hot new designer to showcase their work at London Fashion Week’s Estethica SS15. Jones is a knitwear designer who takes a modern approach to traditional crafts. Using a high percentage of British... Read More →
15
SEP
2014
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Designer t-shirts from reclaimed fabric by Alex Noble

In July, visual artist Alex Noble set up EMG (Everything Must Go) ‘an ethical and creative initiative pioneering inventive sustainability in the higher end of the creative cultural market.’ Cycle 1 was a collaboration with 15 London designers whereby leftover fabric... Read More →
11
MAY
2014

Upcycling by Athens collective Kollektivemind*

Kollektivemind* are an Athens based design team specialising in architectural research and implementation. Projects such as Argallios (loom) pictured above explore the potential of reuse and upcycling. Argallios took place at a primary school on the island of Crete and made use... Read More →
27
APR
2014
Christopher Raeburn 2014

Upcycled 1950s textile for Christopher Raeburn SS14

The British designer Christopher Raeburn is renowned for creating designer clothes from re-appropriated military fabrics. His spring/summer 2014 collection ‘Sandstorm’ is inspired by the uniform of World War II Commandos of the Long Range Desert Group. As well as... Read More →
19
FEB
2014
Babybrandy From Somewhere

Upcycled cropped jumper by From Somewhere

All clothes made by the UK’s From Somewhere label are made from pre-consumer off-cuts rescued from textile mills that work with the luxury fashion industry. Babybrandy is the latest addition to the From Somewhere rail. This is a fun 1990s inspired cropped jumper made with... Read More →
24
OCT
2013

Upcycled t-shirts and sweaters from Antiform

UK brand Antiform have just launched their latest clothing range, the 7th collection since they began making clothes from reclaimed fabrics in 2007. The collection includes plaid leggings, oversized t-shirts as well as some great new unisex sweaters.  Here are some of our... Read More →
10
OCT
2013

Sari silk upholstered chairs by Meb Rure

Istanbul design firm Meb Rure have created a family of furniture made of American white oak with upholstery made from balls of recycled Nepalese yarn.  The colourful balls are made from saris create a lovely spongey seat for a chair and footstool – perfect for brightening... Read More →
24
SEP
2013

Furniture covered in vintage fabric by Mel Made This

These great upcycled pieces are by British designer Mel Made This.  Mel reinvents unloved lamps and furniture, transforming them into chic bohemian objects d’arts.  Trained in textile design, her pieces are adorned with vintage fabrics in paisley, floral and geometric... Read More →
20
SEP
2013

The Green Room ethical fashion at ASOS

Online fashion giants ASOS have created The Green Room – a section of the website dedicated exclusively to ethically produced fashion.  As well as sustainable and Fairtrade clothing, here they showcase pieces which are made in the UK and the US.  Also included is an eco... Read More →
02
SEP
2013

Square Modern textile remnant cushions

These one of a kind cushions by Square Modern are made with rare and original mid-century textile remnants from prestigious textile manufacturers including Maharam, Kvadrat, Knoll and Kravet.  The brand was started by New Yorker Suzanne Renard who now resides in Paris, with the... Read More →
30
AUG
2013
Kempton & Co

Bags made from reclaimed fabrics by Kempton & Co

New York based Kempton & Co was started by British designer Fiona Kempton.  Daughter of a racehorse  trainer and jockey who won the Grand National in 1967, many of her designs are inspired by equestrian accessories such as saddles, straps, riding boots and wax canvas rain... Read More →
22
AUG
2013

Floral Patchwork Arm Chair

Loving this joyful handmade floral patchwork arm chair.  This eye catching piece is made up of remnants from Indian fabrics and comes in three designs, all with walnut legs.  Purchase it now for £390 at Rockett St George! Images via Rockett St George Read More →
11
AUG
2013

Upcycled sailcloth bags by Lost Property of London

Lost Property of London by Katie Bell continues its trademark ‘Rough Luxe’ aesthetic with their SS13 collection.  We love the colours chosen for the Envelope pictured above which is made from vegetable tanned leather and upcycled sailcloth, also available in... Read More →
10
JUL
2013

Reet Aus upcycled clothing from pre-consumer waste textile

Reet Aus is an Estonian fashion designer who has carried out doctoral research in creating upcycled clothing on an industrial scale.  Not only has she founded Trash to Trend, a community-cum-digital-platform that seeks to extend the lives of production offcuts, she has also... Read More →
24
JUN
2013

Sustainable fashion at Brighton Fashion Week 2013

This month I attended ‘Sustain’ – Brighton Fashion Week‘s first ever show dedicated to eco fashion design.  As expected, there was an exciting concoction of upcycled pieces from the elegant to the extraordinary demonstrating that making use of reclaimed... Read More →
21
JUN
2013

Reclaim to Wear upcycled clothing at Topshop

Reclaim to Wear has once again partnered up with Topshop for another fantastic upcycled capsule collection which launched yesterday at the Oxford Circus store.  Reclaim To Wear was launched in 1997 by Orsola de Castro and Filippo Ricci to find design solutions to the problem of... Read More →
05
JUN
2013

Upcycled fashion by Globe Hope

Globe Hope is a 10-year-old Finnish company that designs and manufactures a huge range of upcycled products, from bags made of used advert banners to earrings made from computer keys.  There are some fantastic clothes made from deadstock and reclaimed fabrics too, including items... Read More →
24
MAY
2013

Brighton landmark adorned with clothes for art installation

This weekend marks the end of this year’s Brighton Festival.  One of the highlights for me was seeing this artwork by one of Finland’s leading artists Kaarina Kaikkonen.  She uses everyday objects such as second-hand clothing, toilet paper and women’s shoes to create... Read More →
09
MAY
2013

SS13 upcycled fashion from Antiform

Another bold collection from the Leeds based upcycled fashion label Antiform for spring/summer.  This season boasts the Clash Cardigan – a cross between a cardigan and shrug made from reclaimed Yorkshire-knitted cotton with super-soft reclaimed grey stripe jersey lining. ... Read More →
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02
MAY
2013

Homeware made from Thai rice bags at Habitat

Great to see this exclusive range of products at Habitat which are made of bright and colourful recycled, traditional Thai rice bags.  This includes the Tung 5-pocket concertina planter in blue or yellow (£12), Tung storage box (£20-£22), Tung round strawberry planter (£15) and... Read More →
26
APR
2013

Upcycled fashion at Vancouver Eco Fashion Week

Wednesday marked the end of Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week (6th edition), a non-profit organization dedicated to stimulating the growth and development of sustainable practices in the fashion and clothing industries. “The clothing, textile and fashion industry... Read More →
23
APR
2013

Orsola de Castro speaks at The School of Life

On Monday 29th April, internationally recognized opinion leader in sustainable fashion Orsola de Castro will be speaking at Alain de Botton’s The School of Life in London. Orsola is founder of Reclaim to Wear, upcycled fashion label From Somewhere and co-founder of Estethica, the... Read More →
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 →
31
MAR
2013

Vintage fabric cushions by Mutton and Lamb

Mutton and Lamb is an Oxford company specialising in handmade vintage fabric cushions.  All the fabrics used have had ‘previous lives as drapes and curtains, fringed bedspreads, tablecloths and tea towels.’  What a great way to memorialise the unique character of... Read More →
22
MAR
2013

Billy Blankets contemporary quilting

Loving these patchwork Billy Blankets which offer a contemporary twist on traditional quilting.  They’re available at the beautiful shop Specks and Keepings in Baltimore, Maryland.  The large blankets are made from recycled fibre and cutting room scraps and also have a blue... Read More →
20
MAR
2013

Toys made from reclaimed fabrics at SMUG

Camden Passage in Angel offers a string of beautiful independent boutiques, all of which are certainly worth a look should you find yourself in the vicinity.  SMUG is a concept boutique with a lovely collection of products on offer, notably these fabulous toys made from vintage... Read More →
16
MAR
2013

Elizabethan inspired upcycled jewellery by Michelle Lowe-Holder

This latest collection from Michelle Lowe-Holder for spring/summer 2013 is our favourite so far, and the Elizabethan styling for it is perfect. The beautifully crafted collection is aptly named ‘Elizabeth’ and draws on English heritage and Tudor detailing, “It... 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 →
21
NOV
2012

Bags made from tent textiles

Love these products by Field Aesthetic Manufacturing Co made from upcycled military tents.  The upcycled unisex bags can adjust into a shoulder strap or back pack. The handmade, water resistant apron has an adjustable leather neck and waist strap along with a bib, dual waist... Read More →
18
NOV
2012

Upcycled knitwear toys and accessories by The Remakerie

If you’ve ever accidentally shrunk a favourite jumper in the wash, there may still be life in it yet.  I’ve just been checking out these lovely products by the Remakerie on Etsy.  Sarah Hepworth from Montreal, Canada transforms Fair Isle jumpers into floor cushion... Read More →
14
NOV
2012

Ethical fashion event for the Red Light Campaign

A marvellous evening was spent at Fashioned for Freedom in Marylebone on Monday.  The night hosted by the online ethical fashion platform House of Beth and the International Organisation of Migration was in aid of the fight against human trafficking.  As well as art... Read More →
11
NOV
2012

Man bags made from conveyor belts by Kazmok

Kazmok Industry is a Dutch brand that turns industrial and reused materials into a line of briefcases, trolleys, shoppers, laptop cases, Ipod covers and belts.  The bags are made from former industrial conveyor belts, strong and almost indestructible materials that still carry... Read More →
31
OCT
2012

Garments made from flour sacks by Mayer Peace Collection AW12

The Fall/Winter 2012 collection by Berlin based Mayer. Peace Collection by Christine Mayer is about polarising rough materials with feminine fits.  The company seeks out fabrics that carry a breath of the past with every garment made from recycled textiles such as flour sacks.  ... Read More →
25
OCT
2012

Reclaimed fabric toy characters by Katkaland

Katkaland is the playground of Katka Hubacek from Quebec, Canada. These wonderful handmade creatures are influenced by a childhood spent drawing princesses, dressing her doll Blanka and feeding her imaginary animals. Her education in Scenography and Costume Studies provided an... Read More →
23
OCT
2012

Furniture made from upcycled boat sails by Dvelas

With the weather in the UK less than inspiring, dreaming about lounging on a sunbed is a happy distraction.  This is all the more appealing when the loungers are made from redundant boat sails.  DVELAS Living Sails is a Spanish company that recovers sails that are so deteriorated... Read More →
20
OCT
2012

New Zealand wool blankets made into cushions by Seam

Seam by Sue McMillan is a lovely collection of upcycled pure New Zealand wool blankets.  These cushions and wheatbags have hand sewn vinyl and blanket motifs on the front in a range of modern, colourful designs.  Check out more here.  Pictured above – Kaikoura Kray. Bully... Read More →
17
OCT
2012

Fashion items crafted from old t-shirts by Nunalab

  Nunalab is the brainchild of Ursula Alvarez and Mariela Bazan.  Their collection of fashion and home accessories are handmade by more than seventy Peruvian artisans using upcycled cotton jersey collected from t-shirt factories around Lima.  They work with small strips of... Read More →
16
OCT
2012

Reclaimed fireproof trousers for Christopher Raeburn AW12 collection

The Christopher Ræburn label was launched in 2008 and became known for garments made from re-appropriated military fabrics, proudly ‘Remade in England’.   For AW12 the new Scorch/Freeze collection includes hero garments made from re-appropriated fireproof fireman’s trousers... Read More →
12
OCT
2012

End-of-line fabric bags by Julia Crew

The materials used in this fabulous range of bags by Julia Crew includes pre-consumer waste such as end-of-line upholstery fabrics and off-cuts as well as post-consumer waste such as second hand leather jackets and belts.  Each unique piece is handmade and with a different... Read More →
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