It’s an ancient wisdom that’s more popular now than ever, if we consider the need to safeguard the environment around us. Our grandparents were in no doubt: you didn’t throw anything away, even things that were no longer useful. Instead you mended them and perhaps re-used them in a different way. The art of recycling, which was born out of necessity in the past, is today a style-trend with an alternative aesthetic that also expresses an ethical content.
Recycling means giving new life to things we don’t use any more, and finding that objects and materials originating from very diverse contexts – from industrial processes as well as from natural sources – can be regenerated in new forms and given different uses from their original ones. So we can create an unusual light fixture from old glass bottles or transform disused industrial pallets into elegant garden seating. The potential for recycling stimulates creativity, to make unusual furnishings and accessories – new design items to customise the home. These are certainly eco-sustainable ideas, with the added advantage that they are reasonably priced.