Reusing materials to reduce waste makes the world of recycling a reverent space

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My friend Jimmy made my husfriend and I our rings for our wedding, he's a spectacular soul and multi-talented master of most things, including his breath taking jewellry creations (he's currently on hiatus while getting his amazing farm-to-table resto La Ferme up and running in London). He was the first to introduced me to recycled silver when we collaborated on the SilverSteerhead Ring for Leotie Lovely a few years back.

Recycling of any kind to create new products is probably the most bad ass thing in the eco world, whether it be fabric material, metals, plastic, nets, or other items which would otherwise lead their long lives as pollutive landfill waste. 

It is through advances in technology and science, and heady businesses putting money into research and testing of materials that makes this an option for us. And it is one of the most logical ways of creating and is a purposeful step towards a more sustainable system of creation in which fewer resources are used, less waste is generated, and our planet and her inhabitants are protected.

Here are some of many great brands using recycled materials to produce their creations:

This collection of jewellry is created using recycled sterling silver, gold-sourced form a Green Certified refinery with incredible environmental standards, Leland Slag which is made from the stony material created while refining ore in Michigan auto plants, and Raspberry Nickel which is made from the leftovers from shuttered US zipper factories. They also use upcycled stones as much as possible, along with antique tribal and reclaimed charms.

Where To Buy? https://melissajoymanning.com


This entire collection for men, women and kids is made from discarded fishing nets, post consumer plastic bottles, worn-out tires, post-industrial cotton, and even coffee grinds. This creates an incredible collection of outerwear, swimsuits, sneakers and accessories for the mindful masses.
Where To Buy? http://ecoalf.com/


These colourful pillows and blankets are created with recycled cotton (and 20% acrylic) which is produced with pre-consumer scraps which are off-cuts collected from the production of cotton clothing and re-threaded into yarn.  


Made from 100% recycled materials salvaged from the cuttings of organic cotton textile production, Salvage makes their tees by mixing the cotton with fibres from recycled plastic bottles. The mixture is then spun into fine yarn and knitted or woven into fabric. That fabric is then sewn into tshirts under fair labour conditions. All salvage products are certified under the Global Recycle Standard and the Organic Content Standard. Each t-shirt is made up of 60% pre-consumer recycled organically grown cotton and 40% post-consumer recycled polyester (they're incredibly soft!)
Where To Buy? You can purchase their shirts HERE 


This socially minded footwear company transforms and recycles former FedEx Tyvek envelopes and work suits into sporty and colourful shoes, five of which are created with the intention to give 100% of the profits to a social cause. Their shoes are put together with eco friendly glues and dyes and packaged in recycled materials as well. The great thing about these babies is that they can be recycled again at the end of their lifetime. 


These guys are really the leader in the industry, they invest an incredible amount of money into creating eco solutions to petrolum based materials (like rayon, polyester, nylon ect...). They began making recycled polyester from plastic soda bottles back in '93, they were the first to transform trash into fleece and have continued to improve their processes to ensure their creations last long and can be recycled again at the end of their lifecycle with their Common ThreadsRecycling Program


This partnership between surfer Kelly Slater’s and menswear designer John Moore. They have partnered with the Fair Labor Association to ensure they are upheld in protecting and promoting working conditions along their supply change and Bluesign, which eliminates harmful substances from the beginning of the manufacturing process. For their Evolution series they use a material called ECONYL which is created by an Italian company called Aquafil which spins old "ghost fishing nets" (abandoned fishing nets which cause harm to ocean animals) along with carpet and other nylon waste into new yarn. The material is so efficient that even at the end of the garments lifecycle, it can be recycled again into new yarn. 
Where To Buy? HERE


Paola, the stunning soul who has created this conscious brand makes her products out of a material which is made up of recycled leather scraps. Her collection  of one-of-a-kind handmade bags, wallets and notebooks, made with love in her Parisian studio, La Manufacture Onirique
Where to buy? La Manufacture Onirique