Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful.
It gives an item a better purpose and makes a positive impact on the environment by removing items from the global rubbish stream. It’s different to recycling, which requires energy or water to break down materials; upcycling requires only creativity and some elbow grease!
Upcycling is not a new concept. Some of the best examples of modern-day upcycling come from the 1930-40s when families had very little economic or material resources. In this age of thrift, they reused almost everything, repurposing items over and over until they were no longer useful: what's old is new again, but with a twist.
Many of our shops have been upcycling furniture and fashion over the years, and it’s now being brought into the SAVED family, with more and more shops being trained on how to bring old pieces back to life and offer customers something no-one else has.
For furniture, this could include sanding, painting, waxing, decoupage and stencilling donated pieces to bring them back to life. For fashion items, this could mean cutting and stitching to make silk scarves into tops or beautifully patterned vintage dresses into stylish modern-day jumpsuits.
A taste of our furniture transformations: