Luxecycled: the recycled marketplace (and why recycling matters)

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

Guest blog by Gilly Carr, Founder of Luxecycled

Our Story

Growing up I was always very aware of the need to reuse things. We didn’t have a lot of money and my mum, like a lot of people having been brought up during the war, was very conscious of the need to be thrifty. Also being an artist, she was very resourceful and would often come up with some very inventive uses for our unwanted stuff.

Following in her footsteps, I studied art at Uni and have been a designer maker most of my life. I’ve sold on artisan platforms such as Etsy, Folksy and but after one particularly busy Christmas I realised I was ordering large quantities of new fabric at the same time as donating my family’s used clothes to charity. It suddenly didn’t add up.

I was making a range of Scandi-inspired Christmas decorations at the time but realised that the expensive gingham fabric I used was the same as that made into some men’s shirts, so I started buying these high quality cotton shirts from charity shops and made my decorations from these. This inevitably got me thinking, If I was doing this surely there must be many others, but where to find them?

And so the idea for Luxecycled: the recycled marketplace was born. We felt inspired not only to support small businesses and traditional crafts but because we felt it was the best way to show how used materials can be ‘born again’ and become the products of tomorrow. Above all, it would be a creative way to make use of waste and to encourage more people to buy and make products from recycled and reclaimed items.

We’ve found some amazing products to stock, including wallets made from bicycle inner tubes, leather bags made from saddles and sofas, clothing from plastic bottles, furniture from old pallets and are constantly amazed and inspired by such creativity!