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Making something out of nothing

Meet the brands that take rubbish and transform it into a planet-friendly product

Waste is everywhere. It’s in our oceans, it’s filling landfills and it’s polluting our natural world. And frankly, it’s quite depressing. In a bid to look on the bright side and inspire others to get creative with their refuse, we’ve found six companies who turn waste into items of worth. Whether it’s clothing, furniture or even pushchairs, these products are far from rubbish.


There’s nothing like the simple joy of relaxing outside in your garden during the height of summer. EnviroBuild are a sustainable company who produce garden furniture made with recycled rattan so you can do just that. The idea for EnviroBuild arose when company co-founder James Brueton worked in property development and found it difficult to find products and services which were openly sustainable. Their aim is to make environmentally-friendly furniture a cost-effective alternative, and they also donate 10 per cent of their profits every year to the Rainforest Trust ( in a bid to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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About Be Kind

Hello, When I was little, my parents had a new fridge-freezer delivered. It was a very exciting time because, after a lot of begging, I was allowed to keep the box and I had big plans for it. I became all-consumed with my project – rushing home from school to colour in a panel, pin up a picture or paint numbers on the door. I transformed this brown cardboard cuboid into my own little office, complete with seat, desk and window, and I remember feeling totally satisfied with the finished article. I’d taken something drab and boring and, with a lot of imagination, turned it into something I deemed wonderful. What has my funny little box office got to do with saving the world? Well, this issue we are looking into how with a bit of creativity and ingenuity, we can change things for the better. There are brilliant companies who are taking plastic bottles and making them into swimwear, people that are using their crafty skills to make items for those that really need them, such as blankets for refugees, and a whole bunch of talented social media stars who can help you upcycle the items you no longer love into things you really do. We also look at the incredible benefits of indulging your creative side and how, just like when you were a kid, you should regularly set your imagination free. If you need me, I’ll be decorating my office. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor