Upcycling Deluxe now available in English
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Earth Overshoot Day: Eine Erde ist nicht genug
Am 19. August 2014 war es wieder soweit: Umweltschutzorganisationen haben den Earth Overshoot Day ausgerufen.
Neu: Sonnenbrillen aus recyceltem Holz
Eine Sonnenbrille, auf die man sich auch mal draufsetzen kann, die sich in der Tasche transportieren lässt, einen hochwertigen UV 400 Polarisationsfilter hat, verdammt gut aussieht und dann auch noch komplett recycelt ist!?!
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...unsere aus alten Büchern hergestellten Upcycling-Produkte? Dass sich aus aussortierten Schmökern noch eine Menge herausholen lässt, beweisen die fantastischen Schlüsselbretter und die ungewöhnlichen Garderobenhaken der Produktdesign-Werkstatt Lockengelöt.
Milch sauer? Upcyceln!
Wer sagt denn eigentlich, dass sich Upcycling auf nachhaltige Möbel, Taschen und Accessoires beschränken muss? Einen ganz anderen Aspekt der Zweckentfremdung und Wiederverwertung verfolgt die Firma QMilch.
upcycling concept store
Einfälle statt Abfälle! Upcycling Deluxe, der erste Berliner Concept-Store für nachhaltige Design-Produkte aus vermeintlichem Müll, feiert seinen 1. Geburtstag! Für Donnerstag, den 19. Juni 2014 laden wir zum Geburtstagsevent vor und in unser Ladengeschäft in der Kastanienallee 22 in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg.
Neu im Shop:
5-Panel-Caps von Valorisation Lab
Upcycling-Streetwear aus der Ukraine? Das junge Label Valorisation Lab aus Kiew designt aus vermeintlich unbrauchbaren Textilresten und echten Vintage-Stoffen unglaublich stylische Käppies. Als Ausgangsmaterial für die hippen 5-Panel-Caps dienen Secondhand-Vintage-Schals. Die bunten Stoffe und Grafiken erscheinen geradezu dazu ausersehen, in fette und dabei auch noch nachhaltige Mützen verwandelt zu werden!
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...die Kilus Foundation? Mit ihr kam bei Upcycling Deluxe alles ins Rollen. Die als Stiftung organisierte Frauenkooperative aus Manila war unser erster Kontakt und ist bis heute eine Herzensangelegenheit für uns. Zu Recht, denn die Organisation hat sich lobenswerte Ziele gesetzt.
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AC Greenshop, unseren Lieblings-Familienbetrieb in Südostasien? Hervorgegangen ist er aus einem Projekt verschiedener NGOs.
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...unsere fantastischen Messenger und Handtaschen aus aussortierten Aktenordnern? Das Münchener Label ad:acta produziert nicht einfach nur hochwertige Taschen, sondern wahrlich Geschichte zum Tragen!
Unser Laden in der Kastanienallee
Geöffnet Montag bis Donnerstag 11 - 19 Uhr, Freitag & Samstag 11-20 Uhr
Kastanienallee 22 | 10435 Berlin
Upcycling Deluxe im Berliner Mauerpark
Jeden Sonntag 10-19 Uhr - auf dem Betonplatz Stand B16
Upcycling Deluxe – Märkte & Messen 2014
Hamburger WinterDom (7. November bis 7. Dezember 2014, Heiligengeistfeld Hamburg)
Von Anfang November bis Anfang Dezember geht es für Upcycling Deluxe mit einem großen Stand auf den legendären WinterDom nach Hamburg. Im Sonderbereich Landmarkt zeigen wir abseits des Trubels die ganze Welt des Upcycling Designs.
Unsere Weihnachtsmärkte 2014
- Kölner Weihnachtsmarkt (24.11-23.12) auf der Domplatte, Standnummer 94
- Ulmer Weihnachtsmarkt (24.11 - 22.12) Ulm, Münsterplatz, Stand 75
- Freiburger Weihnachtsmarkt (24.11-23.12) Freiburg, Rathausplatz, Stand R33
- Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt (24.11-22.12) Heidelberg, Universitätsplatz, Stand U33-K
- Tollwood Winterfestival (25.11 - 23.12.) Theresienwiese München, im „Bazar"
- Weihnachtsmarkt Innsbruck (25.11. - 6.1.2015) Innsbruck, in der Maria - Theresienstraße
- Konstanz Weihnachtsmarkt am See (27.11 -22.12) Konstanz, im Gondelehafen
Handbags made from tires and airbags - by GOMA
Handbags made from tires and airbags - By GOMA
bridging tradition and fashion
Meet the woman behind GOMA, Berlin-based Catalonian designer Ainhoa Salgueiro, who's been adding her practical and beautiful handbags to the world of upcycling for two years. While in Vietnam, she stumbled upon one her favorite materials - semi-truck inner tubes. She saw them just getting dumped onto giant landfills. Now, it would be hard to imagine her line of bags without the classy and glossy tube-look.
We're extra excited to bring you two lines of GOMA bags, available at the Upcycling Deluxe Online store. A trendy line of bags made from semi-truck inner tubes, as well as a variety of foldable bags made from old airbags, with detachable accessories. All the materials are unique, and so are the bags. They're beautiful and they have that pleasant vintage look with a modern twist.
You go, GOMA!
Authentic RIng Binder Bags
History to go!
Every year, tons and tons of binders are discarded, thrown away and destroyed - and so is the unique history of these individually labeled bundles of knowledge. Munich-based designers Carsten Fichtel and Tobias Förtsch are trying to perpetuate the very spirit of the important, the informative and the unknown with ad:acta, their own line of bags.
Each of these massively stylish bags is made of one carefully selected binder that has been unburdened of its typical lever and rings and waterproofed to face wind and weather. The binders are combined and refined with German leather and finshed with a sturdy textile lining. Everything is handmade in Bavaria.
We are proud to bring you this addition to the Upcycling Online Store: authentic and sustainably made bags with a lot of love of detail, in different colors, sizes, and styles. The bags have up to three inside pockets and offer enough space for your laptop. The spines of the binders and the individual patterns are left as they were. That way, each bag is unique...out of the office, and into your life!
Discoclock's Vinyl Wall Clocks
Style that travels through time
Discoclock's incredibly stylish wall clocks are an absolute must-have - not just for vinyl lovers. Italian designer Massimiliano Stefanutti punches a wide array of wall tickers right out of used records he gets from his DJ friends.
They come in all kinds of wonderful and wacky shapes which, according to Stefanutti, are supposed to hit each customer's individual taste. We think he's doing a great job at that. These things are so cool we'd just hang them on our walls without the clockwork!
The clocks have been awarded the "eco-friendly" label, because not only are they made from a recycled material, they're also made in a sustainable production process in Italy. Each Discoclock's individual past, as indicated by the original logo, makes it unique!
Plates and accessories by Ko-j Design
As neat as a koi
Ko-j Design stands for exceptional small furniture and other gems for your apartment created by Leipzig-based designers Sibylle Hansen and Aulia Muhammad. Since they founded Ko-j in 2004, they've put their name on the map mainly with their vibrant Koi-themed dinner plates that are hammered out of disused oil drums by hand before the beautifully illustrated Koi are added by an artist.
The surface color of the bowls and the furniture mirrors the oil drums' long history of usage and is thus not reproducible.
The designs are realized and handcrafted in Indonesia in small quantities. The furniture and dinner plates are edged and folded, but not welded, at their own shop. This gives them a distinct, authentic look. Ko-j design doesn't stop there - they also craft mirrors and lamps from old oil drums. It is of particular importance to the designers that their co-workers in Indonesia are payed fair wages. After all, everybody should profit from the beautiful pieces they create.
The all-round salvagers at Lockengelöt
sturdy upcycling from Hamburg
The guys at Lockengelöt will stop at nothing. The three dudes from Hamburg have completely internalized the "new-from-old" attitude. Finding seemingly countertintuitive new uses for everyday objects or recycling them is their supreme principle of production.
And the results are always convinving, no matter what they get their hands on. Since 2004, they have been converting entire oil drums into cabinets, colorful records into wall lamps, or books into coat racks or key hangers in their product design shop in the heart of St. Pauli. This is artisan upcycling at its finest, with a fresh dash of Hamburg charm.
Stools and play kitchen sets by rafinesse&tristesse
rafinesse&tristesse is the label of Karin Yilmaz-Egger and Petra Schultz from Berlin. Since 2006 they have been designing pretty and practical stools from used olive oil canisters.
They came up with the idea in 2005, when they turned an empty canister into a play kitchen set. And people loved it! Miniature kitchens have since had a steady place in their portfolio. In 2008, the young entrepreneurs' upcycled products even won them a talent award at the "Ambiente" design fair in Frankfurt.
To make their stylish furniture, rafinesse&tristesse cooperate with several social institutions in Berlin and Bern. Once of them is TRIVA, a project for drug addicts in Bern, as well as USE, an institution for people with disabilities in Berlin. They're a reasonable company with a great sense of design!
Printing blanket bags by Sag + Sal
Classy things hot off the press
Berlin-based manufacturers Sag + Sal use exceptional resources for their equally extraordinary bags: old rubber blankets that are used in offset-printing machines.
The material is composed of solid rubber, compressible rubber, and several layers of textile and is thoroughly cleaned before being processed into the final product. The shoulder straps used to be furniture carrying straps. They are extremely tear-resistant, heavy-duty and resilient, and consequently almost indestructible.
The color of each finished bag depends on the printing blanket it is made from. Colors like orange, red, or purple are very rare colors when it comes to printing blankets. Bags like these are only made in small numbers, so there are only a few of them available in our online store. Sag+Sal brand their logo onto the textile side of each printing blanket. The logo is then put onto the front of the bag. Each printing blanket has a unique industrial history, along with paint marks, tints, and serial numbers. This makes each bag unmistakably unique.
Wallets and handbags made at a sheltered workshop in Berlin
Behindertenwerkstätten Berlin is a church-run institution that assists people with disablilites with their social and occupational integration and with finding a job during their rehabilitation.
Over 750 people with disablilities are assisted and guided by about 170 well-trained employees at a total of three workshops. The workshops manufacture practical and robust wallets made from beverage packagings for Upcycling Deluxe.
We also carry chic handbags made from used pairs of jeans, as well as strong tote bags made from semi-truck canvas - all handmade at the workshops.
Furniture and accessories by SWANE-Design.
Turning old into new.
In cooperation with artisans and artists from Senegal, Wuppertal designer Selly Wane of SWANE-Design develops very particular kinds of furniture and accessories.
By bridging traditional techniques, creative design, and out-of-the-ordinary materials, she creates things that are not just pretty and functional but also thought-provoking: because the products are consistently made from recycled materials.
That is upcycling at its finest! SWANE-Design likes to emphasize the idea that businesses should not think solely about making a profit, but add to social and ecological sustainability. That is why Selly Wane wants to promote the upcycling industry in Senegal in order to facilitate the education of young people living in poor environments. SWANE-Design ensures that the craftspeople are paid fair and above-average wages, as well as social and healthy ways of production.
Bike Tire Belts from Tire Belt Company
Turning bike tires into belts was something Tire Belt founder Giuseppe Gimmillaro came up with trying to think of a nifty Christmas gift in December of 2007, while working his job as a bike restorer. In his adopted home, Berlin, Italian native Gimmillaro has been designing new versions of his rad belts ever since - made from used bike tires!
Tire Belt Company stands for the idea that something new and useful can be created from used and worn-out bike tires – plain and easy by changing their purpose: off the road and onto the waist! In the German capital, the old tires are individually cut open by hand, cleaned, and then put together into belts.
Gimmiallaro points out that the original damage to the environment caused by the rubber is reduced by about 85 percent!
flip-flop figurines by OceanSole
The Flipflop Recycling Company
Kenyan organization OceanSole uses washed up flip-flops as the source material for wonderfully colorful acccessories and figurines. The folks at Ocean Sole came up with the idea when they saw all the sandals washed up on Kenya's shore and polluting it by the hundreds.
Local artists from Nairobi and Kenyan slums craft the rubber soles into true pieces of art. Today, the company employs more than 100 people. Part of the proceeds goes to social projects and charity work. Every year, 400.000 kilos of waste rubber find a new purpose as handcrafted figurines, with a lot of attention given to detail - while simultaneously raising awareness for marine pollution.
numberplates by Platie‘s
Indicator of style
South African company Platie's creates incredibly nice handbags that are proof of great environmental consciousness. After all, the handbags are made from old South African, Austrian, and German license plates.
Thanks to the authentic license plates that are used for each bag, each and every one truly is one of a kind! Each of the handmade models stands out with a unique style and a high quality of production. They are made both in Austria and in South Africa's capital Cape Town, at guaranteed fair labor standards. On top of that, Platie's supports Cape Town's kindergarten "Atlantis"
Fancy hats by Panama Hutgalerie Berlin
Unique is chic!
Die unverwechselbaren Hüte, Mützen und Caps der Panama Hutgalerie sind unsere Deluxe-Produkte schlechthin. Jedes Teil ein Unikat ist das Motto unseres Produzenten, der aus wiederverwerteten Kaffeesäcken immer neue Schmuckstücke für unsere Köpfe produziert.
Panama Hutgalerie’s unmistakable hats, berets, and caps are our supreme deluxe products. Panama’s motto: Every piece is one of a kind. The manufacturer keeps on coming up with new gems to cover our heads with - made from re-used coffee bags.
Their unique “Fancy Hats”, which is also their brand name, are designed at their studio in Berlin before they are expertly tailored by a family-owned business in Sulwaki. Their current line “coffee to go” is made from upcycled coffee bags and stands out with good taste and its distinct, timeless design. Because each printed bag is individually cut, each hat is unique. The hats are lined with cotton or faux fur from other designers’ leftover stocks, because they have no use for small cuts of lining material. All the better for Panama Hutgalerie: all these different textiles are welcome additions to each hat’s unique character.
In its former life, Café Cappucino was a classy jute coffee bag. Now, light-bodied and sophisticated, it’s the perfect companion, through thick and thin, for all of life’s treasures. The rough 100% jute outside is contrasted by a soft pure cotton lining.
Black Coffee, too, got to hang around coffee beans in its former life. The jute ex-coffee-bag now roams the nightlife with you. It’s a baseball cap that will fit every head thanks to an adjustable closure. 100% jute are a nice contrast to its smooth pure cotton lining.
Are you torn between wearing a coffee bag or a cool flat cap on your head? At Fancy Hats, you get to do both. This snazzy flat cap is a real eye-catcher and will protect your head from wind and weather. It’s rough exterior is 100% jute and contrasts the soft 100% cotton interior. The winter model stands out with its warm and snug fleece lining and its fold-out ear flaps.
Cafe Macchiato (Fidel Castro Style)
Café Macchiato used to be a mighty sturdy Cuban coffee bag. Get this Fidel-Castro-style hat and start rebelling in the streets and on the shores of Havana or Sylt. Just like the other models, it’s made of 100% jute and cotton. Add some fold-out fleece ear flaps for cold weather with the winter model.
Just a hat ain’t enough – each one of these is unique. This well-traveled and sophisticated coffee bag likes to adorn the heads of both ladies and gentlemen in the shape of a casual but elegant pork pie hat. It comes with a elastic and easily interchangeable hatband. The hatbands come in the colors bordeaux, brown, black, and olive.
Cafe Doppio (aviator hat)
In its second life, this former jute coffee bag likes to soar around the world with you in the shape of a super fly aviator hat. It makes for a great companion, especially in those nasty cold winter months. The rough exterior is 100% jute and is contrasted by its snug and cozy faux fur lining
Socially made bags from recycled materials
Naveh Milo started something great in Indonesia. In Meden, a Sumatran village, he founded a women's cooperative based on a concept that combines environmentally friendly products and a safe source of income for a disadvantaged community. The team collects used materials and creates unique and beautiful bags and accessories for daily use. Make motorcycle inner tubes and beverage cans your constant companion, let quality treated rice bags store your riches, and keep your hygiene products in a wash bag blossoming with dried flowers. Naveh Milo Organization enables the women to independently work from home. They get flexible work hours which allows them to easily combine their job with their family life, and on top of that they receive a multiple of the average wage in Indonesia. The team is trained by the cooperative, everyone is permantly employed and receives free medical care. A great project!
cement bags in all their glory
We can't believe all the things Tarango makes from cement bags. From tote bags down to messenger bags. All bags profit from the robust material, yet each bag is unique in itself when it comes to design. They are quality made, have practical inside pockets, and with the pretty lining you'll see the cement bags in a whole new light.
Everything is made in Bangladesh. Providing women with the opportunity to add to their families' livelihoods with their income brings additional paid work, recognition, and autonomy to a lot of Bengali women. Currently, Tarango is supporting over 1000 women in seven of the country's districts. In addition to the trade with jute and textiles, women are encouraged and guided to independently start their own business. Training courses about health care and nutrition complete the company's holistic structure.
The Ferrari among bags
Family business Uca Ruffatti has made the impossible possible by creating high-quality designer bags from used semi-truck inner tubes and coffee bags. Each bag is a real eye-catcher with love of detail - from the exterior to the lining. Their product line covers everything from keychains, to wash bags and purses. Each bag features elegant patches here and there, that tell of the inner tube's former life. You can't even tell anymore how many times each bag has been down the road, the quality just can't be topped. From the shop in St. Ana across South America all the way to Germany, they're now available exclusively at Upcycling Deluxe! Carelessly thrown on the side of the road as trash, the inner tubes and other materials become precious resources for Uca Ruffati. The team also collects used tires and inner tubes at landfillls orfrom shops. The rubber is washed, cut up, and treated for processing. It is then combined with recycled coffee bags, textiles, artificial leather, and nickel before being crafted into incredibly classy bags.
The El Salvador business also stands out for fair labor conditions and wages. Collective thinking and social surplus are given the highest priority at Uca Rufatti. Each worker is contractually employed and receives above-average pay. Whenever there is a shortage of orders, the normal wages are still paid out, time is then used wisely to support design development or is invested in further training.
Rice Sack Deluxe
While traveling through Asia we saw our first AC Greenshop product: A friend of ours in Thailand was sporting one of their bags and we were instantly hooked. We were sold on the brilliant design and the coherent concept so we set out for Cambodia, straight into the family-owned shop. In wonderful detail, AC Greenshop crafts used rice sacks and cement bags into handbags and wallets - exclusively for Upcycling Deluxe.
There are fish swimming on the wash bag, there's a stork grinning at you from that wallet, and there's an elephant marching on that pouch. Everything is one of a kind and handmade in Cambodia. Everything is of top-notch quality and all the inside pockets you need make all of these bags super practical. AC Greenshop has given a second life to old cement bags, a life they would never have dreamed of. Be it purse, pouch, or wallet - thanks to the anti-tear, robust, and waterproof material they are indestructible!
Flashy & unique
If you're really into colors, you'll love the bags made by Manila-based Kilus Foundation: What used to a printed drink carton now gets another go at life in the shape of a pouch or bag. More than 500 women pick the cartons before they are washed and processed. Thanks to the water-repellent material you're all set to bring our beach bag to the pool, the sauna, and, well, the beach.
The women's cooperative receives the bulk of the cartons from nearby schools, where they are collected specifically for the project. The cartons are washed, cut up and braided intricately. This makes each bag a true eye-catcher. Kilus Foundation got the ball rolling for us in the first place: Kilus was the first ever company we contacted, so working with them has always been a matter of the heart for us. Thanks to flexible work hours and the possibility to work from home, the workers are able to balance their jobs and family lives. With this project, the women not only receive a safe income but also recognition and self-confidence.