Updated: Jan 14
Buying upcycled and preloved is undoubtedly the most environmentally friendly way of acquiring new and unique possessions. And in a wold full of mass produced flat-pack furniture and home accessories, our upcycled and sustainable lighting & furniture can bring some much needed individuality to furnishing our homes.
Upcycling is the cousin of recycling. It involves taking unwanted items and turning them into something new, whether it be an old dated worn out desk and giving it a fresh look, or an old vintage item given new purpose such as some of our upcycled lighting. You'll also have the added bonus of your upcycled piece being unique.
Standard paints in the UK are generally made from petrochemicals; there's nothing sustainable about that! Water-based, petrochemical free eco paints are more popular than ever, for reducing our own exposure to chemicals, as well as the planet’s. When upcycling our furniture we use paints such as those from the Farrow & Ball range which are 100% water-based, and have rich colours that are made to last.
Being completely water based has quite a few planet-friendly benefits, including being easier to clean from our brushes and rollers when we're done, without the use of harmful solvents.
The low levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in Farrow & Ball paint minimise both its impact on the planet and its impact on you at home.
When VOCs are exposed to sunlight, they can react with nitrogen oxides to create pollution-causing ground-level ozone and photochemical smog, so the fewer the better when it comes to preserving air quality.
Energy saving lighting
Things have come a long way since the old incandescent light bulbs, and with todays modern technology we're now able to have LED bulbs in the classic vintage style of some of those early light bulbs. Gone are the days when light bulbs were manufactured to only last a year or so, these modern LED bulbs could last for up to 35,000 hours! Another advantage of LED bulbs is that they use far less energy (up to 90% less with some bulbs) meaning they don't get as hot and are far better for the environment.
It can be really disappointing when receiving a parcel only to open it and find it broken - often due to inadequate packaging, so we always make sure that our work is packaged well before posting it. But making sure that your item is well packaged doesn't necessarily mean filling the box with polystyrene.
90% of our packaging materials consist of recyclable materials such as cardboard and paper, and although the use of bubble wrap is on occasions unavoidable, we try to minimise this and use eco-friendly bubble wrap or void filler where possible.
So there you have it, that was some of the ways we do our bit to help protect the environment. When we're making our upcycled furniture & lighting, we’re thinking about the future of your home as well as the future of the planet.