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"Upcycling: The process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value." (Thank you Wikipedia!).
When we were sourcing products for Mora Approved, we were so pleased to come across a veritable smogasboard of talented designers and producers who creating something entirely new out of things that should have been destined for landfill. It was an eye-opening experience for me as well to start looking at the way I consumed and start questioning whether I was throwing things away too quickly. There are so many ways you can reduce the level of trash in your home if you just take a second to thinkk about what you can do with your average disposable items. From a salvaged ladder pot rack to an intricate toothpick lampshade (!), this comprehensive compendium of links from Apartment Therapy will get your crafty juices flowing.
But you can't upcycle everything - sometimes you're going to need somethine new. So what about making an active decision to choose upcycled products over new? Why buy a brand new wall clock when you can rock out to one laser cut from a vintage vinyl? Or how about a coat rack that's been made from an old hard cover book. Products like this are so uique because they still retain a sense of their former purpose, but they're working just as hard now as they did when they were first produced.
So to celebrate the upcoming new year and our commitment to sourcing ethically-produced products, we put together our five favourite upcycled products from our store. Have a look and let us know what (old/new) upcycled piece you're coveting...
1. Lockengelot vintage vinyl toilet roll holder. £37.50 each
2. Side by Side upcycled wine lights. £29.95 each
3. Lockengelot upcycled book coat rack. £45 each
4. Prrint! Vintage Paris print. £8 each
5. Pavel Sidorenko laser-cut vinyl wall clock. £45 each