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Claps For Scraps: 14 Brands That Upcycle Waste Into Cool Home Decor Products

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Upcycled, sustainable home decor is a trend that has taken over the home and design community in the past couple of years, compelling us to re-think what we tend to buy for our homes. Considering the fact that home decor items tend to last us years on end, it's high time we make better, more sustainable choices. For that, check out the treasures these homegrown brands are making out of waste. Dreamy lamps out of used bottles to whole bean bags made out of recycled materials and waste fabrics—not only are these upcycled home decor products super cool, they are also super kind to Earth. 

Rimagined

Rimagined

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Just reimagine empty wine bottles, old rags and car tyres as cushioned stools, baskets, vases and spice racks. Rimagined has made this a reality by literally turning rags to riches. We love everything the brand stands for and their fantastical product line, but some of their standouts have to be the whimsical clocks made from bicycle wheels and old vinyl records (yes!), the comfy and colourful poufs and ottomans made with cotton wrap and recycled fabric, and gorgeous cotton dhurries availability on Shop On LBB! Read more about the brand here

Price: INR 2,500 upwards

Opaque Studio

Opaque

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Homes that channel a modern-day rustic-chic aesthetic will vibe with the upcycled furniture pieces made using leftover material by Opaque Studio. Old tables, chairs and bookshelves are given a new lease of life in candle holders, planters and ottomans. The brand also uses sustainable materials like cane, jute and terracotta to craft some of their most unique home decor items and furniture. Read more about the brand here.

Price: INR 875 upwards

ScrapShala

The name of this brand may give you a hint of what they specialise in, but we bet you didn't see old sarees and tyres coming into play. That's right, ScrapShala upcycles anything in sight to create something purposeful and beautiful. Ship them your old sarees and distressed furniture and you will get gorgeous quilts and planter stands or mandala trunks. We find their tyre stools and tin luggage cases super quirky and cool. Read more about the brand here.

Price: INR 245 upwards

Diti

DITI

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Collecting waste fabric from local tailors, boutiques, weavers and block printers from across the country, Diti is on a solid mission to turn this into art for our walls and homes. We're swooning over their creations because we've never seen anything like it. Absolutely unique, we're talking wall art like fierce and colourful bull heads made with bandani or ajrakh scraps and finished with tassles, shells or ghungroos. Their statement maldhari man and woman of kutchh or gajah head cushions are total showstoppers too! Read more about the brand here.

Price: INR 700 upwards

Design5

Design5

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So much discarded wood finds its way into the landfills and oceans. Only if it actually made it to Design5 it would've turned into the prettiest wall photo frames, decorative tray boxes, tray platters or candlesticks. These beautiful functional home accessories are also artful because they've been hand painted with delicate Indian motifs, florals and nature-inspired designs. Trust us, wood never looked as good before this brand. Read more about the brand here.

Price: INR 1,120 upwards

Artisanns Nest

Artisanns Nest

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Another waste fabric rescuer on the list, Artisanns Nest uses their surplus to furnish homes with regal, simple and patterned cushion covers and our favourite, bean bags. Most created using the patchwork technique, best believe that you will end up with something super unique for your home. Their imperfectly perfect patchwork designs range between themes of monochromes, muted solids and tropical springs and florals. Read more about the brand here.

Price: INR 450 upwards

Niche Studio

Niche Studio

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A wooden hanger and leather belt used to fashion a hip bookshelf or a lamp designed with rugged rope and pine wood—now that's some upcycled creativity we didn't know our homes needed. That's till we found the Niche Studio and their one-of-kind home accessories. Whether be tableware, art pieces or utilitarian decor, this niche brand has managed to make it all out of throwaways. Read more about the brand here.

Price: INR 700 upwards

528HZ Home

528HZ Home

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If you want every corner of your home to make a statement with something colourful and upcycled, choose 528HZ Home. The colour-burst stool made with a metal frame and upcycled fabric or metal and jute lanterns are certainly the brands best offerings. For your walls, we'd recommend their upcycled plastic and natural jute mirrors for a touch of #somethingdifferent. Read more about the brand here.

Price: INR 1,190 upwards

Sirohi by Skilled Samaritan Foundation

Sirohi is an LBB mainstay. We love shopping from the brand, especially for the charpoys, stools, trunks and trays. But what makes them a standout is that in an effort to be sustainable, all of their products are handcrafted with either natural or upcycled waste materials, and this what makes each piece one-of-kind. Sirohi also works with women artisans from disadvantaged communities who are taught to upcycle leftover plastic and textile waste materials into coir or rope to weave products using traditional Indian styles. Their collection, especially the furniture is expensive, but everything you pay for is an investment and supports a cool cause. Read more about the brand here.

Price: INR 750 upwards.

Oorja

Oorjaa

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One of our favourite brand's based in Bengaluru and now online on the LBB Shop (yay!), Oorja designs some of the most exquisite lamps we've seen. Stunning aesthetics is only the start of it, because these unique designs and lamps are handcrafted entirely from eco-friendly materials like paper, made from natural fibres of agri waste like banana fibre and lokta fibre paper. A lot of thought also goes behind each of their collections, most drawing inspiration from Japanese minimalism (Dori Collection) and nature (Elements & Shadow Play collections). Interestingly, the team has also developed a material that looks and feels like concrete but is actually made of stone dust and fibre waste, how cool! Read more about their lamps and wall installations here.

Price: INR 2,100 upwards.

The Retyrement Plan

The Retyrement Plan does many things right, the first being designing purposeful products that are super functional and loved for their hatke aesthetics. And as you may have guessed from their name, they do this using old and urban waste materials like used tyres, textile ropes, cane and bamboo. Their catalogue includes skillfully made and colourful versions of furniture like chairs, pouffes, stools, swings and charpais. To create this vibrant and contemporary sustainable home decor, The Retyrement Plan works with with skilled urban migrant artisans and craftsmen. Read more about the brand here

Price: INR 5,500 upwards.

Mishcat Co

Mishcat Co

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Introducing us to a whole new world of upcycled rugs and carpets, Mishcat Co is a design and interior consultancy label that needs to be on everyone's radar. Each carpet here is meticulously put together using leftover saree scraps, especially from the silk saree industry. These aren't your run-of-the-mill carpets, instead they are exquisite, made in small batches by local weavers who add their own flair to create vivid, unique designs. By running this cool business, Mishcat Co also employs independent artisans from the rural areas of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Price: INR 35,000 upwards.

Sadaya Guild

Sadaya Guild's philosophy is all about being super eco-friendly. A brand that began with outdoor furniture, they quickly transitioned to lounge chairs, tables, storage, beds and more. All their pieces are handcrafted using reclaimed oak and teak wood. What was once part of decking, posts and beams are transformed by their craftsmen into beautiful furniture for homes. 

Price: Upon request 


Differniture

This Delhi-based brand's home decor pieces look like art pieces. Founded by Aakriti Kumar in 2014, they pride in using salvaged materials that were once part of the packaging in crates used to ship automobile parts. Their design philosophy is all about providing 'sculptural furniture with a functional value', something we can very much spot in their products. 

Price: Upon request 


Pro-Tip

If sustainability has recently struck your heart, we urge you to check out these brands that are killing it at upcycling— across categories.