Why buy brand new?
I mean realistically buying new doesn’t make much sense, of course, it can be nice to open a brand new box and see this shiny item, but it doesn’t stay new, and as soon as the packaging is removed the item is then used, seeing a massive decline in value.
Let's take a look at the process of a new product, it starts off in a factory or workshop being made using materials, it is then sent directly a store outlet or directly to a customer. The customer uses the item until it is no longer good, then depending on the materials used, it is then sent to the appropriate recycling center or is dumped into landfill which disrupts and causes harm to our environment. It typically costs more than secondhand and can last the same amount of time.
The packaging for a new product is also excessive, if you have ever brought a TV, appliance or a kettle, you will know that there can be a substantial amount of plastic wrappers, polystyrene which seems to go everywhere no matter how careful you are.
What can be recycled?
Many materials are widely recycled and in many different ways. For example, clothing is recycled by being resold in charity shops or changed into rag which can then be used to make clothing, rugs, covers, etc. Old paper and cardboard can be recycled to make a craft or new paper and cardboard.
Wood is one of the most fantastic materials that can be used to make almost anything such as doors, tables, chairs, houses, shelving, any type of wood in the form of timber is technically already recycled because it’s the main purpose is to be a tree. Metal can be melted down to create new products such as jewelry, electronics, aluminum cans, tins, etc.
Plastic can be recycled however as it does not decompose and is harmful to the environment it is not a preferred choice, and we need to continue to reduce our carbon footprint.
According to various sources on the web, the definition of the word recycle or past tense word recycled’ is; converting waste into reusable material for example: “used metal food tins were recycled into new aluminum.”
Synonyms include: reuse, reprocess, cover into something, reclaim, recover, salvage, save, use again.
Why buy recycled?
There are so many reasons why you should buy recycled, including:
1. Less waste product going into landfills, which in turn is better for our environment. Why is eco-friendly important?
2. A new lease of life for the item
3. Promoting creativity, whilst reducing mass production.
4. Uniquely recycled items generally have more character and a story behind them.
5. Items have a naturally lower price
We have a stunning ethical recycled gift range!
We have many recycled ranges, so we are going to showcase our top 5 items that have been made strictly out of recycled bike parts, taken only from broken bikes that have been dumped, all of these items are fair trade and handmade!
1. Chain Picture Frame (£22)
This stunning photo frame has been handmade in India from a recycled bike chain that has been refurbished! It makes for an awesome photo display!
2. Bike Bookends (£27)
Can you think of a better way to use scrap bike parts than to make a stunning ornamental bike that offers real functionality? Hold all your books on the shelf, and appreciate the beauty of this recycled metal.
3. Tea Light holder (£9)
Who would have thought that a rusty bike chain could have been cleaned up so nicely and can actually be used as a home decor piece? Not me, this product still blows my mind!
4. Indian Bike Clock (£25)
Just wow, a clock made out of spare bike parts. Why settle for anything less than the character that this offers?
5. Bamboo Mudha Nepalese Stool (from £35)
A mudha Indian stool that has been handmade from a mixture of materials such as bamboo and a recycled bike tire that offers stability. Makes for an amazing spare seat and is a great talking point!