Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Recycled Market - In the Press #2

We're in the newspaper again, this time a feature on "Green Christmas" and shopping sustainably

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

An interview with Lydra

It is with pleasure to introduce Lydra to Recycled Market.

"Lydra is a Melbourne-based fashion accessories label that is calling upon Grandmas, Grannies, Bubbes, Nonnas and Nans to step forward and become apart of the Lydra family.

This social enterprise will engage with the elderly community to create a cross generational initiative, linking both the younger and older generation through their love of fashion.

Lydra started from a bespoke clutch purse that drew the eye and captured the imagination! All the products are made from pre-loved fabrics, produced and sourced locally, with a strong emphasis on preserving the environment.

Each product is one-of-a-kind, with its own novel name and a description of the garment’s former life. Lydra is fun, fit for all occasions and, most importantly, allows you to be yourself."

Can you tell us a little about who you are?
I have a vision for a better world and through through my skills and passion hope to discover this through Fashion. With a background in advertising, I sought a new direction for more altruistic endeavours. I recently completed Applied Fashion Design and Technology at RMIT. With products stocked in 44 shops throughout Australia and competing in the global finals in the USA as the GSEA National Student Entrepreneur for Australia. I envision that through creating Lydra, I will be able to better educate and create awareness about the relevance of sustainable living.

Lydra is an ethical range of womens accessories that makes clutches, handbags and travel wallets from pre-loved materials, locally in Melbourne. 

Can you tell us about your products?

Each product is one-of-a-kind with it’s own novel name and description of the garments former life. Lydra is fun, fit for all occasions and most importantly allows you to be yourself.

What does the future have in store for Lydra?
Linda aims to be a pioneer in the global fashion industry, to lead by example and show others in this industry that you can create a business that considers the environment, incorporates the community and creates quality products that last.

Shop Lydra > here

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Cambodian order

Erica couldn't resist ordering from Craftworks Cambodia! Combining a few products to the order, meant that the one cost of DHL shipping would be shared amongst the order, so instead of $26 shipping for one item, we actually got 5 gifts for the same shipping price.

What we didn't notice on the product listing photographs, was that each little bombshell bee has a stinger crafted into its bottom too!

Erica's son decided the bees would like to play with his cars...

Erica also ordered bomb shell Cambodia's Tree of Life earrings, they are so beautiful, and come with a little gift bag.

Amazingly, the order took only three days to arrive from Cambodia via DHL, well in time for Christmas gifts!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Found object art

Michelle Stitzlein creates art from found objects such as piano keys, broken china, license plates, rusty tin cans, electrical wire, and bottlecaps.  Michelle exhibits her work in venues around the United States.

 Image c/o Art Grange

For more information, check Michelles bio here

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Plastic Bottled Water Consumption

Nice motto on GreenUPGRADER "think before you drink" in reference to an article written on plastic bottled water consumption and disposal. Thought provoking photograph too.

bottle recycling
Image c/o greenUPGRADER

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Colours of mother nature

We had a little visitor today, he found a home in amongst our recycled business cards! So beautiful, his shell a vibrant green, and a head of red.

♥ mother nature's colour selection.

Necktie Owl

Erica made a necktie owl using a thrifted mens necktie, and a tutorial by Harrysdesk

Hoot Hoot!

Ally's PDF step-by step tutorial is available to buy through Recycled Market at just $4> here

If you prefer a DIY kit with all the necessary materials included, they are sold for $8> here.

Children as young as five can master this quick adorable owl brooch.  Great gift for a craft-loving child, or adult?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Recycled Craft for Kids

Recycled Bottle Automobiles

Found on pinterest from

Reclaimed Airplane Hotel

Recycling with a difference, Hotel Costa Verde in Costa Rica offers stays in a vintage 1965 Boeing 727 airframe which in its prior life shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines (Colombia).

"We salvaged this airframe, piece by piece, from its San Jose airport resting place. We carefully transported the pieces on five, big-rig trucks to the jungles of Manuel Antonio where they have been resurrected into a unique jumbo hotel suite"
More here

Introducing Lumoi - Featured Seller

It is with pleasure to introduce Lumoi  to Recycled Market.

Can you tell us a little about who you are?

Lumoi is an on-line ethical jewellery boutique offering handmade pieces designed and made by Louise Hall.

Louise has worked in the jewellery industry for 9 years. She started her career as a buyers assistant on the jewellery desk for a TV shopping channel. This fueled her passion for jewellery and allowed her to work with a wide range of designs from the UK and abroad, visiting many of the UK based jewellery shows and the Vincenza Jewellery show in Italy.

Lou went on to London's jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden where she then worked for a major Diamond and Gold importers. Intrigued by the intricate processes involved, specifically in handmade jewellery production, Louise decided to dedicate her spare time to exploring jewellery making techniques and design herself.

In Jan 2008 Lumoi was born.

Can you tell us about your products?

All Lumoi jewellery is made by hand from Louise's London based studio. We never produce more than 5 pieces of each design, with most of our lines being one of a kind. We do this to avoid contributing to an already flooded market whilst keeping you safe with the knowledge that they will stand out from the crowd with something truly different.

One of Louise's favorite mediums to work with is Precious Metal Clay (PMC) which is a wonderful material that is relatively new to the jewellery industry. One of the best things about PMC for us (and you) is it's low impact on the environment. The ground fine silver particles are recycled & reclaimed from scraps, x-ray and film plates. So it has great Eco-credentials! PMC is finely ground pure silver particles mixed together with an organic binder to form a clay like material. The 'clay' can be shaped and molded by hand and interesting textures and shapes can be made with the use of hand tools. Once dried PMC can be fired in a kiln or with a hand torch. Here's where the magic happens; during the firing process the organic binder holding the silver particles together burns away, fusing the silver (sintering), leaving a solid piece of .999 pure silver. We try to incorporate recycled material into our designs as much as we can.

We package all of our jewellery in recycled glass jars that we save from our homes & studio to keep our products as 'green' as possible. The material that covers our jars is recycled too! We encourage our customers to be creative & re-use the jars in their homes or place of work, keeping them in circulation for as long as possible.

How do you incorporate recycled material into your products?

Along with using recycled fine silver (PMC) we have also launched a jewellery recycling service in conjunction with London Jewellery week back in June 2010, which has received a great response! Customers can send in their unwanted/broken jewellery which is valued by us and a voucher is offered in exchange for the unwanted pieces. All jewellery sent in is dismantled, cleaned & worked into new designs often teamed with a little something new to add a new lease of life . The more jewellery sent into us, the greener we are becoming, it's great! To find out more please visit here

Example of jewellery that cannot be recycled

Jewellery that can be recycled

What does the future have in store for Lumoi?

We're extremely excited to be having a new website built! It's still in the very early stages but we're hoping to have it live early next year. So expect new ranges, new ways to recycle your old jewellery, new services & new products available more often!! We're also preparing a competition for our 4th birthday in January 2012, so keep tuned on Twitter or Facebook for more details on that. And of course, we're going to keep pushing our recycling service in order to revive all those odd beads, earrings, bracelets & necklaces laying unloved at the bottom of all those jewellery boxes out there!

Shop Lumoi > here

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Recycled Christmas

 Vintage Hmong Embroidery 
& Indigo Batik Repurposed Cotton Christmas Stockings  
$18 Siamese Dream Design

Upcycled Christmas Tree Decorations
OOAK trees are made from reclaimed mens neckties, 
rescued buttons and recycled ribbon

$12 (Free P&P) Harrysdesk

Recycled Bombshell Bee Nativity Set
$27 Craftworks Cambodia

Recycled Nut and Bolt Nativity Set
$20 Craftworks Cambodia

Upcycled Star Decorations
Upcycled reversible stars made from
reclaimed neckties and buttons with accompanying poem
$12 (Free P&P) Harrysdesk

Recycled Paper Producers in Cambodia

Craftwork Cambodia's recycled paper producers are a large family that live approximately 20km from the city of Phnom Penh

Mr.Nuth Sam Eng, was born in Prey Veng province, his wife passed away in 1998, he raises his sons and daughters by himself.  He and his family produce recycled paper sheets and note books, to help pay for his children's higher education at school.

Mr.Nuth Sam Eng's underprivileged family are working hard to better position themselves for their future.

Sam Eng & his family

Grinding paper

Drying paper

Tearing old paper

Rolling paper into mold

Patterns on recycled paper notepads, are dyed using natural dyes from leaves and tree bark.

Recycled paper is recommended for use with greetings cards, notepads, notebooks, price tags, envelopes, gift boxes, wrapping paper, and other craft related use

Shop recycled paper products > here

* DHL have a minimum weight order of 1kilo at $25, but cheaper prices are quoted for a heavier weight, therefore recycled paper products are recommended for wholesale purchase.

Customers are welcome to buy individual pieces, but need to understand that the shipping cost will be $25 up to 1kilo in weight.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Nespresso Coffee Capsule Insects

Swiss Biologist, Alex, reuses discarded Nespresso coffee capsules to create intricate insect art sculptures, inspired by nature.  Documented on his website recycleandplay

"Waste is an untapped source of high quality building material! As a biologist, I find my artistic inspiration in nature. By creating objects from our wastes my aim is to stimulate people’s imagination and encourage the eco-citizen within each of us, while having fun! I started this project by building toys from recycled material, for my kids, during a two-years scientific stay in Edinburgh (the name’s origin…). At first solely dedicated to toys recycleandplay slowly started exploring other artistic horizons…"


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