If you thought that having recycled homewares in your house meant accepting hand-me-downs, it is time to think again.
Homeware designers are increasingly looking to use recycled materials, shifting away from throwaway culture and getting involved in the circular economy to help the planet.
We take a look at some of the latest homeware products available, from glass tumblers to bed throws – and even soft recycled carpet runners made out of yarn made from plastic bottles.
We take a look at some homeware products made from recycled goods such as this runner made out of plastic bottles (scroll down for more details)
The products are made by companies such as Weaver Green, which works to turn some of the 135 billion plastic bottles that end up in the sea and landfill into practical and beautiful items for our homes.
Tasha Green, of Weaver Green, explained: ‘The key challenge has been to turn hard plastic into the lovely soft open fibres, so that the yarn genuinely has the look and feel of wool.
‘This process has taken over seven years to perfect, and we now have a robust, soft yarn that is machine washable, stain resistant, suitable for indoor and outdoor use and most importantly environmentally friendly.’
Recycled products for your home
1. Recycled carpet runners
Weaver Green produces this runner called Andalucia Zahara, which is available from £162
Weaver Green produces a range of 100 per cent recycled items, including carpet runners made from recycled plastic bottles.
Ms Green explained: ‘Runners allow you to instantly update and change the feel of a room.
‘A statement runner can be the main design feature from which you complement other interior elements in your home.
‘For example, a simple herringbone helps to create a classic timeless look from which you can add vibrant or strong patterns and prints with other accessories.’
The company produces a runner called Andalucia Zahara, which is available from £162.
2. Recycled planters
The LSA Canopy Collection has shapes inspired by the Eden Projects iconic biomes
These recycled hanging planters are made from 100 per cent recycled glass bottles and jars.
They evolved from a collaboration between London-based design studio LSA International and the Eden Project in Cornwall.
Together, they created the Canopy Collection, with domed and curved shapes inspired by the Eden Projects iconic biomes.
These recycled hanging planters are made from 100 per cent recycled glass bottles and jars
A LSA spokesman for the project said: ‘Each piece is mouthblown from 100 per cent recycled glass, following the sustainable practice of turning discarded material into something useful.
‘A subtle green tint is produced, and air bubbles will occur as part of the recycled source material and handmade process.’
The canopy hanging planter is available via LSA International and costs £26.
3. Recycled glass tumblers
LSA International also produces the Mia Collection, which includes these recycled glass tumblers
LSA International is also behind the Mia Collection, which is also made from recycled materials.
This collection focuses on turning recycled glass into several items, including these tumblers. A set of four Mai Tall Highball tumblers cost £32.
4. Recycled bed throws
Recycled materials can even appear on beds – such as in these throws that are made out of old plastic bottles
Weaver Green has a range of such bed throws, which are made of yarn that has the look and feel of wool (pictured: its Darjeeling rainbow throw costing £65)
Recycled materials can even appear on beds, such as in these throws – pictured above and below – that are made out of old plastic bottles.
Weaver Green produces the bed throws, which are made of yarn that has the look and feel of wool.
Its Darjeeling rainbow throw costs £65, while its Madras pink and gold throws cost £55 each.
Weaver Green’s Madras Check pink and gold bed throws are priced at £55 each