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Upcycled and repurposed

Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is a way of transforming  unwanted products into new materials or products perceived to be of greater quality, such as artistic value or environmental value. 

Cleaning Coffee Pods
Sourcing Materials

Aluminium Coffee Pods

I receive coffee pods from my local community - I either collect from their home or the pods are dropped off at a convenient location.  I do have one supplier who posts their cleaned pods to me using Royal Mail. 

I enjoy receiving the coffee pods and seeing what colours and patterns I can use in my designs.

Nespresso does have a recycling scheme but sometimes the people who donate these aluminium pods either do not have access, or choose not to use the scheme. Therefore these coffee pods are destined for landfill.. 

Together we give this aluminium a second life.

Sustainably made in small batches

What do I mean by sustainably made in small batches?

Small batches are more sustainable than mass produced items.  For a start, they’re not manufactured in a large factory with questionable labour practices and lots of raw materials.  I make each upcycled piece in my home workshop by hand.  This means I have take time and care to create with little waste.  I inspect the quality of each piece.  Sadly this doesn’t happen with mass produced items which if found faulty or with an imperfection end as waste. 

making items from red pods

Why buy upcycled?

Here are my top 6 reasons for choosing something upcycled

  1. Takes us a step closer to a green planet.

  2. Upcycled products have unique designs and patterns.

  3. Allows materials to be used to their fullest potential.

  4. Promotes new age craftsmanship and creativity.

  5. Helps support small local businesses and communities.

  6. Minimises the use of new and natural resources and often saves items from reaching landfill.

Packaging

Staying true to my ethos, I post all items in recycled and recyclable packaging.  My packaging is plastic free - The stickers are compostable, washi tape is biodegradable, cardboard and paper is recyclable.

I post all items using Royal Mail as it has the lowest reported carbon emissions per parcel of any major UK delivery company.

recycled packaging and washi tape

UN Sustainable Developmental Goal

responsible production UN goal Coffee Pod Creations

Goal 12 is about ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns, which is key to sustain the livelihoods of current and future generations.

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