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Upcycling is the process of making new from old: creating beautiful new designs by renovating, repurposing or redesigning unwanted items or materials.
Unlike recycling, which is often an industrial-scale process which breaks down old objects into raw materials, upcycling is all about improvement. Objects are cycled ‘up’ into functional, stylish pieces which are superior to the original items.
Upcycling is all about personality, preserving rather than destroying the original character of reused objects and infusing them with the quirks of the upcycler’s imagination. Upcycled items are lovingly handmade, totally unique and utterly one of a kind. They have histories, tell stories and exude individuality. Upcycling saves unloved objects and materials from landfill, making our products eco-friendly and entirely sustainable.
Almost anything can be upcycled! Upcycling might mean re-purposing decommissioned vehicle parts into stylish tables, renovating a battered antique in shabby-chic style with vibrant chalk paints, recycling plastic bottles into funky lampshades or salvaging vintage fabrics to make stunning upcycled dresses. We’re constantly amazed by the ingenuity of our retailers, who are forever finding creative new ways to turn scrapyard junk and dusty antiques into show-stopping style pieces! If you’re searching for a way to furnish your home or stock up your wardrobe in clean, green style – look no further than the upcycled furniture, hand-crafted home accessories and vintage clothing available at Remade in Britain today.
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Upcycling is the process of taking unwanted objects and materials and transforming them into functional items. Upcycling revitalises the 'make do and mend' ethos, repurposing and renovating unloved items for sustainable style.
Our grandparents and great-grandparents were upcyclers, born largely out of economic necessity but also out of respect for the value of their belongings. Old furniture was mended, hand-painted or reupholstered. Children’s toys were made by hand using salvaged wood, cloth and wire. Old curtains were transformed into dresses and coats. These practices were left behind as goods become too easily replaceable and disposable. Original high quality craftsmanship was sacrificed to cheaply manufacture mass-produced goods that came with a much shorter life expectancy.
At Remade in Britain we are calling on traditions from past times to revitalise our relationship with our belongings, ushering in an eco-friendly era where we reduce waste by embracing the remade, repurposed and re-loved. We live in the biggest ‘throw away’ society in the world: 13 million items of furniture were disposed of last year alone – only 23% were repurposed. These frightening figures are propelling us to campaign for a more sustainable future in which unwanted goods are renovated, repurposed and reused rather than thrown away. We don't chop down trees to make our furniture – every item available to buy at Remade in Britain has evolved from pre-used materials, re-loved for eco-friendly style. Our fabulous retailers breathe new life into old furniture and forgotten materials: channelling their talent, passion and creativity to create stylish features for your home and wardrobe. Purchasing upcycled furniture, clothing and accessories from Remade in Britain is a great way to support small businesses and independent designers working towards a cleaner, greener future.
Upcycling is not only environmentally-friendly – it’s one of the most popular interior design trends of the decade. Upcycling brings with it opportunities for show-stopping innovation, unlimited personalisation and utterly unique combinations of old and new styles. Every item tells a story: you can’t do better than upcycled furniture for intriguing interiors that are totally unique. It's an opportunity for you to display your quirky tastes and express your individuality. With television personalities such as Kirsty Allsopp, Kevin McCloud and George Clarke spreading the upcycling word on the nation’s most popular home and lifestyle programmes, upcycling has never been so popular. Gone are the bland mass-produced flat-packs of the high street – Remade in Britain are here to help you take part in the biggest design revolution of our era, celebrating the endless possibilities of unique and stylish repurposed furniture!
The possibilities for upcycling projects truly are limitless. Our retailers live by the ‘one man’s waste is another man’s treasure’ ethos, and with a wealth of preloved materials available there is literally nothing that cannot be reused. From milk bottles to salvaged timber, vintage bed frames to bathtubs, you'll be amazed how many materials can be saved from the landfill and repurposed into imaginative pieces. Upcycled furniture isn't duplicated or mass produced: all items available on our site are utterly unique, beautifully bespoke and superbly sustainable. Redecorating with upcycled furniture allows you to transform your home without mess and without hassle – all whilst saving the planet! What's not to love?
Why not take on an upcycled project yourself? At Remade in Britain you’ll find a wealth of materials and guides to get you started. Our upcycled materials range includes best-selling paint brands including Autentico chalk paint and Miss Mustard Seed milk paint, as well as decoupage materials, upcycling tools, paintable mouldings, vintage wallpaper and quirky door knobs. If you’re lacking inspiration why not head to our salvage and surplus store where you’ll find a wealth of reclaimed materials just waiting to be crafted into a stylish centrepiece – with everything from decommissioned vehicle parts and reclaimed building materials to thrifted clocks and salvaged fabrics. You’ll also find project guides, tutorials and a wealth of hints and tips to help you along the way. We’ve got everything you need – why not try upcycling today?
If you prefer to leave upcycling to the professionals, our site has over 300 fantastic retailers on board so you’re sure to find products which spark your imagination and suit your design tastes. Our cast of talented retailers features design superstar Max McMurdo selling a range of inspired upcycled items: from his world famous bath tub sofa to shopping trolley chairs and even coffee tables made out of reclaimed F1 tyres. And look out for TV’s very own Harry Dwyer, thrifty handy man and inventor, selling his upcycled aircraft wares at Remade in Britain! We’re the one-stop shop for unique upcycled products – there really is something for everyone.
Remade in Britain is the country's largest upcycling marketplace: an online emporium bursting with unique and inspiring products which will bring colour and personality to your home. With the UK’s finest designers and most talented retailers on board supplying high quality products, you're sure to find that special something available to buy online today. If your home is desperate for a distinctive centrepiece, or stylish furniture for your living room, bedroom, kitchen or bathroom, we can put your interior design woes to rest. Showcasing furniture in styles ranging from vintage to retro, shabby chic to farmhouse, we've got something to suit every home across the nation. If your wardrobe’s lacking quirky charm and sustainable style, we’ll find you totally unique outfits and one-of-a-kind accessories that represent the latest in handcrafted chic. As Britain’s only upcycling marketplace, shopping for contemporary eco-friendly furniture and clothes has never been so easy!
Our upcycled products have endless scope for personalisation. Contact our retailers to discuss how upcycled furniture can be tailored to suit your individual tastes with a range of customisable products. You'll find designers who'll be only too keen to decoupage precious wallpapers or drawings onto their creations, or incorporate your inherited treasures into a brand new design. You can keep your memories alive with personalised upcycled furniture which will become family heirlooms to be cherished, admired and loved for years to come.
Upcycling is more than a trend which shows absolutely no sign of slowing. It’s an elemental part of a green lifestyle: endlessly fun and functional, with unlimited possibilities for new designs and projects. Whether you’re looking for a particular item or seeking to begin your own project, we at Remade in Britain are with you all the way, helping you find the products and materials necessary to begin your upcycling journey. So what are you waiting for? Join, buy, sell, love, share!