Rubbish gift? Site sells waste as designer goods

Hunting for a lampstand crafted from motorbike parts to give your loved one for Christmas? How about a designer dress styled from vintage fabric? Then look no further – a […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Hunting for a lampstand crafted from motorbike parts to give your loved one for Christmas? How about a designer dress styled from vintage fabric?

Then look no further – a new website championing designer goods made from recycled items launched this week.

The Remade in Britain site also lists items such as furniture made out of discarded pallets and lighting fashioned from plastic drinks bottles. One jewellery seller displays wooden earrings which were once pencil stubs on a used Underground ticket.

It is riding the wave of “upcycling”, a movement popularised by backing from celebrities including Kirstie Allsopp, Kevin McCloud and Livia Firth.

Donna Fenn who started the retail website says: “Increasingly the UK’s throwaway culture is being replaced with a resurgence of the ‘waste not, want not’ ethos from the past.”

Products can be “beautiful” as well as “highly sustainable”, she adds.

More than 300 retailers are registered on the site, selling “upcycled” furniture, home ware, lighting, clothing, jewellery and accessories. Fenn hopes to swell the ranks of retailers by more than 1,000 in the next twelve to eighteen months.