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Mar 3, 2023

Meet Community Hero Kate Turner From Midsomer Norton

It all started with this jacket. I fell in love with this New Look floral blazer posted by Kate Turner in the Great ...

Feb 2, 2023

Denim Upcyclers: Nine UK-Based Small Businesses Turn Old Jeans Into Amazing New Clothing

Denim is so durable that even when your beloved pair of old jeans start to get a bit saggy, you can still recycle and upcycle the material to create something amazing. Read on to see some fabulous creations from small businesses across the UK and hear from their owners what upcycling means to them.

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 11, 2022

Meet Katy Galbraith: Mosaic Artist

We absolutely love these mosaics made using recycled materials. Check these out and let them inspire you as we hear from mosaic artist Katy Galbraith.

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 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.

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

Nov 19, 2021

Turning Old Umbrellas into Exciting new Jackets and Accessories: Meet R-Coat

Umbrellas are a must have for keeping dry but when they break or reach the end of their life it can be difficult to recycle them due to their many different parts and materials. But R-Coat has come up with a brilliant solution to turn umbrellas into fashion, in the form of jackets and accessories including hats.
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