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

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    Like Surf Excel advertises "daag acche hain",  we want to tell you that "waste can be wonderful". Especially when it comes to home decor and accessories. Don't believe us? Upcycled decor is a huge trend for 2022 as well. You must check out the cool treasures these homegrown decor brands are making out of trash! 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 mother earth. Win-win. 

    Rimagined

    Rimagined

    Available on LBB

    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 INR 2,500 upwards

    Opaque Studio

    Opaque

    Available on LBB

    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

    ScrapShala

    Available on LBB

    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

    Available on LBB

    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 INR 700 upwards

    Design5

    Design5

    Available on LBB

    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

    Available on LBB

    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

    Available on LBB

    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

    Kareghar

    Kareghar

    Available Online

    We've heard fabric, wood, even clothing and tyres being upcycled into decor, but Kareghar does something entirely different with automobile parts. Their aim to use metal scraps and turn those into quirky business card holders, ashtrays, lamps, candle holders and more. They have an in-house garage facility where this unique craftsmanship happens. If you pick an upcycled gem from here, remember it's also going to last forever. Read more about the brand here.

    Price: INR 500 upwards

    Wasted

    Wasted

    Available on LBB

    Wasted makes magic out of waste and we aren't kidding. Their whimsical bottle lamps, string lights and coasters are proof. The lamps though, are some of the best we've seen, each prettier than the next. The designs are especially neat -- cherry blossoms, Frida Khalo, sheeps, puns -- you name it, they have it in a bottle lamp form! Their collection is also within arm's reach thanks to the LBB Shop. Read more about the brand here.

    Price: INR 1,100

    528HZ Home

    528HZ Home

    Available on LBB

    If you want every corner of your home to make a statement with something colourful and something upcycled, choose 528HZ Home. The colour burst stool made with 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 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

    Available on LBB

    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

    Available Online

    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 scarps, 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 employees independent artisans from the rural areas of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

    Price: INR 35k upwards.

    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 (fashion, accessories, gifting and more!).