Sustainability 101: You've Got To Check Out These Brands Killing It At Upcycling

    Upcycling as a concept is not new, however, it has become prominent only in recent times. With people becoming more inclined towards investing in things which are organic, recycled and upcycled, brands too are moving towards sustainability. And honestly, it's the only way to remain relevant. So, if you haven't already dived into the eco-conscious trends, here are a few incredible brands that are acing the upcycling game. 

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    Refash: For Sustainable Fashion

    Refash

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    Sustainable fashion is the style du jour and Refash is proof of that. This women-run brand proudly features and retails upcycled clothing, accessories, stationery and more. Dresses, shirts, jackets, notebooks, organisers - everything on their website is ethically sourced and created into contemporary pieces. 

    Price: INR 300 upwards 

    Aarohana: For Cool Storage Essentials

    Aarohana

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    Next up on the list is Aarohana EcoSocial Developments for upcycled handwoven bags and home decor. The brand's objective is not just limited to creating environmentally sound products but also extends to empowering rural livelihoods - precisely why we love all that they do. Based out of Pune, you can shop for quirky tissue boxes, cutlery kits, table runners, totes and so much more. 

    Price: INR 200 upwards 

    Use Me Works: For Quirky Decor & Accessories

    Use Me Works

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    Upcycled and handmade rugs, geometrical coasters, patched wallets - women at Use Me Works transform each piece of waste into off-beat products. For instance, their Sashiko Denim Wallet (INR 1,400) is upcycled from fabric waste and portrays the beautiful Sashiko embroidery. Their recent collection also consists of 3 Ply Reusable Cotton Masks that come in gorgeous prints.

    Price: INR 210 onwards 

    WonkyWorks: For Funky Decor

    WonkyWorks

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    WonkyWorks is a Vadodra-based brand that has one of the most stunning pieces of upcycled glassware, jewellery, vintage collectables and more. We're talking Platters made out of upcycled glass bottles, Mini Planter Fridge Magnets, an uber-cool Card Holder, quirkiest looking Wall Planters made with kiln-formed glass - you get the drill, right? My absolute favourite are the adorable Mini Wonka Bottles that come with typewritten messages. I'm elated to know that this brand too is led by a team of Wonderwomen. 

    Price: INR 150 upwards 

    Wasted: For Upbeat Lamps

    Wasted

    Available on LBB

    Add some (upcycled) light to your rooms with this brand's painted Bottled Lamps, string lights, coasters and jewellery too. If you belong to the Rum & Coke brigade, you'll love the artwork on Wasted's upcycled bottles of Old Monk. Also, you can shop for these beauties here on LBB!

    Price: INR 1,332 upwards

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    Design5 Studio: For Wooden Home & Kitchen Essentials

    Design5

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    A venture started back in 2006 by an artist, Design5 creatively and consciously upcycles and restores found objects. Based out of Shahpur Jat in Delhi, the studio predominantly retails upcycled wooden items like vintage furniture, kitchenware, home decor and so on. These are restored and then individually handpainted. If you're looking to elevate spaces in your home, you've gotta check them out.  

    Price: INR 450 upwards 

    Grandma Would Approve: For Vintage Fashion

    Working towards creating upcycled apparel in three categories (Vintage, Restored and Reconstructed), folks at Grandma Would Approve are redefining zero-waste fashion for us. And are doing a killer job at that. Be sure to find a lot of gender-neutral and extremely distinct pieces in their collection. 

    Price: INR 2,500 upwards 

    Kareghar: For Offbeat Gifting

    Kareghar

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    Unique gifts made of metal scraps and discarded automobile parts? Sure, why not! Kareghar is a Mumbai-based brand that does desk accessories, home and kitchen essentials, funky looking lamps and so much more. Completely upcycled, these make for some great gifts as well. 

    Price: INR 500 upwards