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Useful, beautiful or just plain rubbish?

‘Reduce, re-use, recycle’ has been a mantra for our children for quite a few years now, so I’ve been intrigued by the term ‘up-cycling’ which is now in daily use.

At 100% Design, Decorex and Ecopink in September there were quite a few examples to see.

sideboard‘Oscar’ by Ruby Rhino is a gorgeous example of upcycling – Ruby Rhino source, restore and hand paint pieces of furniture www.rubyrhino.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

newsworthy‘Newsworthy’ a wallpaper by Lori Weitzner is made from strips of recycled newspaper woven together to create an effect both beautiful and interesting www.weitznerlimited.com

 

 

 

 

 

plastic bottle houseAnd last Friday the BBC featured a video about a man who used to sift through rubbish to find items to sell. Now he gives tours and courses in building with plastic bottles. It started with a playhouse for his children and he has trained about 20,000 people to build similar homes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-15505130

 

 

 

I guess ‘upcycling’ means adding value to our recycled materials? It is something we could try in our homes which takes us beyond ‘make do and mend’ to a new dimension of practical beauty.

Lynne

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2 Comments »

  1. woven newspaper strips – now there’s an idea! Have been collecting those fruit sacs you get in the supermarket (oranges, lemons..) for some future weaving project…

    Comment by PS — November 9, 2011 @ 08:03

  2. Can’t wait to see the woven fruit sacs!

    Yesterday I saw ‘Out of the Dark’ at a business exhibition. They recycle, repurpose and revamp salvaged furniture as a means to educate, train and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds – based in High Wycombe, a furniture making centre.

    What a great idea – here’s a link that shows what they do http://outofthedark.org.uk/outofthedark/one_off_pieces.html

    Comment by Lynne — November 9, 2011 @ 16:47

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