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Upcycling diversity at FREI-CYCLE Fair

FREI-CYCLE Design Fair

Mid-September 2014 the FREI-CYCLE Design Fair for Recycling & Upcycling was held in Freiburg, Germany, for the second time. Nestled in the BADEN MESSE the FREI-CYCLE opened its doors to an international audience from Germany, France and Switzerland. The nearly 80 exhibitors from seven countries presented a great upcycling diversity at a high level.

Upcycling music instruments from old cigar boxes by Blue Bones
Upcycling music instruments from old cigar boxes by Blue Bones / © Photo Iris Streit

As a visitor you could admire and purchase products and ideas from all different walks of life. From a variety of used materials, there were bags, accessories, decoration, art and design, fashion, jewelry, furniture, lamps and other housing elements. As last year, Lisa Vöhringer organized the event well and put together a great selection of labels. So the exhibitors ranging from small start-ups to renowned label of the upcycling design scene, delighted, informed and inspired the number of interested people. Continue reading Upcycling diversity at FREI-CYCLE Fair

Ragbag: Upcycling, Style and Fair Trade

In our blog post about Ragbag we take a look behind the scenes of the Dutch label for fair traded upcycling bags and upcycling accessories.

Siem Haffmans © Ragbag
Siem Haffmans © Ragbag

Head behind Ragbag is Siem Haffmans. The Amsterdam-based eco-designer established in 2005 the brand of fashion bags and accessories, with which he primarily addresses a young, trendy crowd.
Manufactured in different places in India recycled plastic bags, cotton remnants and large Teebags are processed according to the Upcycling concept. In this way, different series of fancy upcycling products emerge that have a significantly higher value than their starting materials. Ragbag stands for upcycling, style, fair trade and environmental awareness – more sustainable is hardly possible. Continue reading Ragbag: Upcycling, Style and Fair Trade

Upcycling-Design from France: Marron Rouge

Marron Rouge: Upcycling-Design from France

Upcycling-Design from France: Marron Rouge
Upcycling-Design from France: Marron Rouge

When design, recycling/upcycling and social projects from India meet and are joined together, then something truly wonderful happens. So in the case of the French label Marron Rouge.

The man who stands behind this label is called Jean-Marc Attia. We met on the Ecostyle fair in Frankfurt, his warm and friendly nature have inspired me immediately.

Jean-Marc has known India for many years by activities in social projects and its various trips there. At some point of time this was no longer enough. In 2009, he finally got the idea to combine the environmental and social thought with style and design. He founded the label Marron Rouge. Continue reading Upcycling-Design from France: Marron Rouge