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UK indies and creatives mix imagination with resourcefulness to make a material difference to #shopindie gift-giving.

They showed it again during the recent #ecogiftsday on #UKGiftAM – providing a masterclass in how to spare the environment and spoil the rest of us at the same time.

The glorious gift ideas on display demonstrated how they’re In their eco-friendly element whether working with recycled glass, wood, fabrics or even plastic.

Pictured (clockwise from top left):

  • Packaging – Many makers shared eco-friendly packaging tips but passionate recycler and Isle of Wight bag designer extraordinaire SammDesigns ‘capped’ the lot! This example of her recycled finds gift wrap service features a T-shirt ribbon and ‘corsage’ made from a fancy dress costume, the rubber flowers of her old swim cap and charity shop buttons. “It just needs different thinking,” she said.
  • Glass – Don’t throw it away, turn it into highly distinctive crazy birds! West Sussex one-woman enterprise OceanponyCrafts has seen her colourful creations flying off the shelves
  • Wood - Cornwall wood and resin artist RavenHandcrafted makes pens using repurposed or recycled woods, water-based inks and dyes and natural oils and waxes
  • Felt – Cambridgeshire's The Fabric Vase Company upcycled this vase cover from an old wool blanket, using natural soft wool tops and incorporating sari silk and shredded silk scarves
  • Ecosilver - All the silver used by Liverpool jewellery designer Joolzery in her handmade sterling silver geometric studs is recycled and ecosilver
  • Plastic – Not plastic-free but can you believe this used to be a plastic bottle? Plastic is given fantastic other-worldly life in in weird and giftable ways by Cornwall sculptor Art of Kuriology
  • Sea plastic - found on the beach and turned into a silver and blue ring by London metalsmith I Love Dolly Jewellery. She said: “Mama Nature is good to us despite what we do to her.”
  • Cloth – adorable hares (and, of course, dolls) are made using natural dyed recycled cloth by Yorkshire textile artist DollsWithAttitudes
  • Centre – Leicestershire eco store The Cleaning Cabinet partners with individuals who constantly create eco-friendly products from soaps, skincare and haircare to cleaning

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Sarah Skilton 27 August 2020 at 10:22

What a fab post. I love seeing all the eco ideas.


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