textile recycling

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 →
19
SEP
2012

Estethica London Fashion Week SS13

The London Design Festival is upon us once more!  Last weekend I attended the Estethica champagne reception at London Fashion Week.  Estethica is an initiative by the British Fashion Council and is now in its thirteenth season, co-curated by Orsola de Castro and Filippo Ricci of... Read More →
04
SEP
2012

Upcycled fashion by TRAID

TRAID (Textile Recycling for Aid and International development) is a fantastic charity that collects unwanted clothes from the UK public for reuse and resale in their charity shops. As well as reducing waste and energy consumption by reusing textiles that would be otherwise... Read More →
09
DEC
2010
Rucksack made from hessian coffee sacks by Lost Property of London

Upcycled hessian coffee sack bags by Lost Property of London

On a recent mosy around Liberty I came across Lost Property of London by British designer Katy Bell.  These super stylish bags are made from 100% recycled South American fair trade coffee sacks, vintage leather jackets and remnant printed florals. Images via Lost Property of London Read More →