Recycled Materials

Why Plastic Waste Is Such a Problem and the Future of Bioplastics

Simon Howarth | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Tech
Simon Howarth

Waste plastic has become a massive concern, not only in the UK, but globally. Worldwide production and consumption of plastics has increased by 10% year on year from 5 million tonnes in 1950 to 245 million tonnes in 2006, and since then this figure has been increasing.

Understanding Environmental Behaviour in the 'Black Box' of the Household

Dr Stewart Barr | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Stewart Barr

With all the investment in behaviour change campaigns and infrastructure, why is there still material that can be recycled going into the bin in our homes? Only half of all plastic bottles are currently sent for recycling, revealing a significant gap between the strong environmental values people profess and their behaviour.

The Next Big Thing? - Upcycling Shakes Up Its Image

Alex Perry | Posted 04.06.2012 | UK
Alex Perry

'The Next Big Thing?' is a series of blogs that will focus on small businesses and startup brands in the U.K. Whether they are quirky, practical, pion...

From North East to West End: Vintage Recycling Specialists RE to Open Permanent Store in Liberty

Sarah McGiven | Posted 18.03.2012 | UK Style
Sarah McGiven

RE, a hard-to-pin-down 'found object', vintage and recycled design company, first pricked my interest as they're based in the tiny, picturesque village of Corbridge, Northumberland, where my mum (and former Sunderland manager, Steve Bruce) is from.

Recycled and Cooked: Sustainable Jewellery

Christine de Leon | Posted 23.01.2012 | UK Style
Christine de Leon

I was at the Wellcome Trust recently to see an exhibition about charms and superstition called Charmed Life: The Solace of Objects, which is - you guessed it - about charms, amulets and superstition.