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May 5, 2022

Meet Penny Pieces - Putting the Love Back Into Tired Furniture

Tired furniture doesn't have to be destined to the skip. With a lick of paint or some more radical re-working you can soon spruce up a well-loved chest of drawers. We got in touch with Rachel who runs Penny Pieces in Ponteland, Newcastle to learn all about her family run shop

Apr 1, 2022

Be Inspired By Sarah Winslett, Our Digital Marketer, And Her Passion For Preloved Clothes

Sarah came to Green Heart Collective as Digital Marketer at the end of June 2021. Since then, she's transformed our Depop range and Instagram, and established our Vinted collection. Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and curiosity around preloved and vintage fashion and it was great to find out more.

Feb 22, 2022

Meet ConvertYourShirt: Upcycled Football Shirts for Dogs and More!

Three football clubs alone sold over 8.7 million football shirts in 2021, so you can start to imagine just how many shirts are produced every year around the world. While many people choose to collect football shirts, many more shirts end up redundant and unworn when the new kit comes out. 

Feb 18, 2022

Meet Rebecca Anne Jewellery: Ethical, Upcycled Accessories

Jewellery and accessories are a great way to enjoy your favourite outfits again and again in all kinds of combinations, colours and styles. But what if you want to buy ethical, sustainable jewellery from a smaller business? Well, you're in luck!

Feb 11, 2022

Meet Spanky Spangler Design: Intricate Steampunk Jewellery and Sculptures

If you've ever wondered what to do with those pesky dead lightbulbs, you will surely find inspiration in Spanky Spangler Design. Denise Humphrey has been creating wearable art using broken watches and bulbs since 2009. Each piece is carefully hand-made, inspired by science-fiction.

Feb 3, 2022

Meet Jacqui Kevan, a Primary School Deputy Head With a Green Heart

In the lead up to Great Big Green Week in September 2021, Green Heart Collective reached out to local Primary and Secondary Schools to create a connection - and we did! Jacqui Kevan, Deputy Headteacher of Brighton Avenue Primary School, Gateshead, invited Helen into school to deliver a presentation.

Jan 28, 2022

Meet SmoothEdge - Upcycling Bottles Into New Glassware, Jewellery and More

Empty bottles left strewn on beaches and in streets are an all-too-common sight. But a Chichester-based business is taking these waste products and turning them into fantastic glassware. Smooth Edge sells upcycled glasses from gin, vodka and rum bottles, and also stocks a range of recycled jewellery and clothing.

Jan 5, 2022

Meet Kate Stuart, Founder of The Phoenix Green

Creativity can trump waste, and we love seeing the wonderful creations of local upcyclers who come up with something special. Kate Stuart, Founder of The Phoenix Green works with reclaimed, recycled or repurposed materials to produce brilliant designs that are also long-lasting and could be passed down.

Dec 15, 2021

Christmas and New Year Gift Ideas from Local Newcastle Upcyclers

Supporting local sellers is great, but it is even better when you support those makers who turn used or found materials into something truly special. You're helping people and the environment with each gift you choose. We've scoured Newcastle and Gateshead for makers who are offering some brilliant upcycled gifts.

Dec 15, 2021

Meet Scatty Knits - Eco Maker with a Focus on Zero Waste Production

As part of our Christmas and New Year special, we reached out to local Tyneside makers and sellers who are transforming used materials into something special. This edition features Scatty Knits, creator of fantastic recycled hand knitted mittens, beanies as well as dog snoods and coats.

Dec 15, 2021

Meet Deadwood Studio - Earth-Conscious Handmade Home Decor

As part of our Christmas and New Year special, we reached out to local Tyneside makers and sellers who are transforming used materials into something special. This edition features Deadwood Studio, who have a range of stunning upcycled Christmas decorations using driftwood, including some extraordinary Driftwood Stars

Dec 15, 2021

Meet Northern Siren Crafts - Handmade Jewellery and Home Decor

As part of our Christmas and New Year special, we reached out to local Tyneside makers and sellers who are transforming used materials into something special. This edition features Northern Siren Crafts, who has a range of fantastic jewellery and home decor, including some stunning unique upcycled stamp rings.
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