Recycling has never been more prevalent with global warming rising and the population becoming more increasingly aware of their impact on the planet.
Just 12.5% of all local authority waste was disposed to landfill in 2017/18, down by 0.9 million tonnes or 22% to 3.2 million tonnes. This compares to 15.7% of all local authority waste disposed to landfill in 2016/17.Recycling rates of councils serving 14 million households in England have fallen over five years, however Between 2017- 2018 23.6m tonnes of waste was produced in England alone. How much of this waste could potentially be ‘upcycled’? The trend for “upcycling” has taken off across the UK, giving old junk and furniture a new lease of life as trendy design products, but could it have a significant impact on waste reduction?
With sites like Preloved, Gumtree and Facebook upcycling furniture has never been so accessible, many items on these sites are listed for free, with ‘poster’s’ benefiting from avoiding an unnecessary trip to the tip, where their furniture will likely end up as landfill or be burnt producing harmful greenhouse gases.
So what exactly is upcycling? Upcycling originated in Germany in the early 90’s, and then later in 2002 the term was bought in to the public eye by German chemist and American architect due William McDonough and Michael Braungart by their hit book ‘Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things’ which described the importance of upcycling.
Revival Furniture Kent is one of many modern upcycling companies that use objects that would otherwise be discarded to produce furniture that is modern, relevant and will be used for years to come. The design company, based in Kent, uses discarded furniture and a variety of upcycling techniques to create centrepiece furniture in colourful, bold designs. With ‘shabby chic’ style declining in popularity, many upcycling designers are now looking towards more refined designs to appeal to a wider market. One benefit that can be passed to customers is a significantly cheaper retail price, with costs of production lower for these companies, unique pieces of artisan furniture can be found for as little as £50 on Revival Furniture Kent’s website, comparing to £400 from popular websites selling furniture of similar style and design. Visit revival furniture Kent’s website to find out more www.revivalfurniturekent.com