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Nov 16, 2022

Meet The Maker of Amazing Upcycled Handbags

Ever wondered where offcuts from making sofas go? Sadly, lots of end pieces just go straight to landfill. But this do...

Aug 19, 2022

Meet Secondhand Susie - Lover of Thrifted Fashion and Charity Shop Treasure Hunter

Everyone's second hand journey is unique. So it was great to learn more about why preloved fashion means something to Secondhand Susie.

Aug 10, 2022

Discover Visible Mending and Textile Art by Hayley Mills-Styles

We are excited to share this feature with Yorkshire-based textile artist Hayley Mills-Styles. It was great to find out more about Hayley and her brilliant work, which has been displayed in museums and heritage sites throughout the north including Whitby Museum, Sunny Bank Mills and the Thackray Museum of Medicine

Aug 1, 2022

Meet Our Very First Green Heart Collective Ambassador, Jo Hutton

We are so grateful when you spread the word about our mission to provide a sustainable alternative to buying new. Just a few days ago, Jo Hutton, founder of Happy Yoga Newcastle, got in touch about becoming our very first Green Heart Collective ambassador. We are really thankful for this kind offer...

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.

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 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.

Oct 13, 2021

Five Spectacularly Spooky Upcyclers for a Greener Halloween

It is scary how much waste is created during Halloween. Cheap, throwaway Halloween costumes produced the equivalent of 83m plastic bottles in 2019. So it’s great to see these small UK businesses using upcycled or recycled materials to create something spooky this Halloween.

Sep 15, 2021

Why Durham grandparents and parents are getting involved in climate activism

We recently visited a display of children's shoes laid at the Angel of the North, talking to some of the grandparents and parents who were volunteering their time. Within just a few minutes we began to hear the stories behind why they are getting involved in climate activism.
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