ehrtweibchen in interview – a sustainable metamorphose

Charlotte Ehrt, the founder of ehrtweibchen in interview

with Eco- and Upcycling-Market.

ehrtweibchen in interview
Portrait Charlotte Ehrt © Larissa Meyer

Please introduce yourself briefly.

My name is Charlotte Ehrt and I create special plush toys from recycled textiles.
During the almost seven years lasting partnership with my trusty Veritas sewing machine we have produced nearly 600 “children” – most of them are already out of the house, but all cuddly soft and washable at 30 degrees. Continue reading ehrtweibchen in interview – a sustainable metamorphose

Anniversary offer: Christmas baking set made of bioplastics and beechwood from Biodora

Anniversary offer: Christmas baking set from Biodora
Anniversary offer: Christmas baking set from Biodora

Especially for children Advent is the time of anticipation. Children love to make Christmas preparations together with the parents. Stir batter, cut out and decorate cookies. Is there anything better than the smell of homemade biscuits and stollen?

Equipment of the Christmas Baking Set

If you want to bake good cakes you need certain equipment. We have put it together in the anniversary offer by promavis. Cookie cutters and measuring cups made of bioplastic, rolling pin and bakeware from FSC certified wood and a brush with natural bristles as a complete set for small and big baking beginners and bakery fans.

For the first year anniversary of Eco- and Upcycling-Market promavis has significantly expanded its product offering. For many aspects of life such as kitchen, living accessories, health needs and organic fashion promavis offers ecological and environmentally friendly products. The dealer for sustainable products has many well-known manufacturers in the program, such as ajaa, Biodora, Hevea, OAT Shoes, Speltex, Weltecke and many more. The offer of promavis includes spa products, organic cleaning products, eco green toys and lifestyle products such as kitchen accessories, home textiles and much more.

Not only that promavis basically puts great emphasis on sustainability, the offering is particularly multifaceted in bioplastic products. Kitchen accessories from sustainable forestry completes the range. For everybody needs everyday and useful things in the household. For this purpose, the shop owner offers a variety of alternatives to plastic produced from petroleum. Bioplastic is free of harmful plasticizers, bisphenol A and bisphenol B. It can be recycled to hundred percent. The kitchen equipment meets the requirements of the European Food Law (LFGB). The Biodora bioplastic products in the shop of promavis comply with the regulations of the European Food Law (LFGB) and are audited by certified institutes.

For the first year anniversary of Eco- and Upcycling-Market we present together with promavis the Deal of the Week: only from 4 to 11 November 2013, there is the Christmas baking set for 19.99 Euros. Only while stocks last.

And the missing ingredients such as eggs and lard, sugar and salt, milk and flour are for sure in the organic supermarket or farm shop around the corner.

Eco- and Upcycling-Market celebrates first anniversary

Eco- and Upcycling-Market celebrates first anniversary
Eco- and Upcycling-Market celebrates first anniversary

First anniversary: The online marketplace for organic and sustainable products has established itself as a platform for green consumer products.

Cologne, 24 October 2013 – Eco- and Upcycling-Market celebrates its birthday. One year ago, the online marketplace for ecological and sustainable products has put up with a fresh concept to offer consumers an alternative for green shopping. Continue reading Eco- and Upcycling-Market celebrates first anniversary

Christmas: Contemplation or senseless shopping marathon?

Christmas: Contemplation or senseless shopping marathon?

Christmas: Contemplation or senseless shopping marathon?
Christmas: Contemplation or consumption?

Around Christmas time opinions differ on this question. Some like to give and be blessed, others consistently escape the consumerism.

But consume refusineks are therefore still far from being gift grouches. They prefer to use tinkered stuff. Advent decoration is collected during forest walks in form of fir branches, pine cones, moss and wood. Or Christmas figures will be made of dough and then painted filigree. All that adorns their own home and gives loved ones much joy. For all being aware of the effort that brings the self-designed decoration with it. And it is healthy (forest walk) and environmentally friendly all times. Continue reading Christmas: Contemplation or senseless shopping marathon?

Organic teas and organic herbs now in the range

Organic teas and herbs
Organic teas and herbs of Kräuterkasten

The selection of “Kräuterkasten” includes organic teas, organic herbs, bath herbs, Chai and more. All herbs are from certified organic farming.

Cologne, 11 October 2013 – Eco- and Upcycling-Market (since 2015 Greenpicks) welcomes the company Krauterkasten (translation: box of herbs). The online marketplace for sustainable and ecological products expands the range specifically for organic food, organic drinks , as well as for health and care products. All organic herbal teas, medicinal and herbal bath offered by Kräuterkasten are from controlled organic cultivation and certified by DE-ÖKO-001. So consumers can be sure to buy untained products in organic quality.

Upcycling and more at Heldenmarkt Frankfurt 2013

Impressions from Heldenmarkt Frankfurt 2013

The trade fair for sustainable consumption – “Heldenmarkt” – takes place in several German cities meanwhile. This time I visited the Heldenmarkt (market for heroes) in Frankfurt.

Bockenheimer Depot, Frankfurt, Germany
Bockenheimer Depot, Frankfurt, Germany

In a beautiful hall with a remarkable wooden roof construction about 75 exhibitors presented their products and services in the fields of fashion, food, investment, health and other sustainable consumer goods.

Alternative Barbeque Lighter

I liked especially the alternative products for grilling of the company Rebenglut. In a very informative and friendly conversation the owner explained to me that e.g. the annual pruning of organic vines or vines that bear no fruits anymore or have died are used for Rebenglut. Old red wine barrels are processed to smoke chips. The waste product, the ash, can be used as a natural fertilizer for beds. So the natural cycle is complete. Perfect Recycling!

Continue reading Upcycling and more at Heldenmarkt Frankfurt 2013

What is Upcycling?

Upcycling is a new life cycle for old materials upgraded to new products

Upcycling means that for example production residues or materials that would actually be disposed of are being kept in the life cycle and upgraded to a new product. Basically a quality improvement in a triple sense: waste prevention, utilization, and the creation of a new product. And all this preferably with an energy efficient production.

The advantages are obvious: Upcycling means that resources are conserved and new objects are created in constructive processes.

Upcycling Chest of Drawers © andercover
Upcycling Chest of Drawers © andercover

The re-usage of seemingly useless materials or production residues combined with ideas, creativity and craftsmanship and/or artistic skills leads to appreciation. Individual products come up which stand out completely from the mainstream because of their uniqueness. The production of decorative upcycled objects is very popular. Meanwhile there are many extraordinary and exquisite upcycled products for all areas of life. Be well dressed with Upcycling fashion; designed Upcycling furniture for bathroom, kitchen, nursery and living room and also for terrace and balcony; practical and chic bags, purses, cell phone cases, backpacks from tea and coffee bags, seat belts, fire and bicycle inner tubes, – even candy wrappers are being utilized. Children’s toys made of recycled paper or recycled plastic or motor skill toys, such as teething toys and plush toys from old fabrics combined with new elements are a real alternative to mass toys which are often made from crude oil.

Upcycling Teabag Wallet © ragbag
Upcycling Teabag Wallet © ragbag
Upcycling toy: motor skill toy © ehrtweibchen
Upcycling toy: motor skill toy © ehrtweibchen

 

 

Upcycling also means a rethinking on the side of producers and consumers. Both sides have long recognized this. Although the idea of sustainable consumption may not have reached every man yet, a consciousness shift is clearly visible in this as well as in sustainable production.

In the radio post (German) with the company’s founder Annette Husmann you can learn more about the history of Upcycling and how this trend might develop.

Eco- and Upcycling-Market starts its blog

In October 2013 Eco- and Upcycling-Market starts its blog.

We are looking forward to sharing with you our experiences and thoughts on the topics of sustainability and upcycling. Besides reports on environmental and sustainable products you can find interviews and portraits of manufacturers and suppliers as well as things to know in the future.

Our aim is to inform rather than to missionize.