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Posted by STEVE M on


Ah, the age honoured skill of Upcycling as promoted by the redoubtable Sarah Moore in the scintillating BBC programme titled Money for Nothing where she prowls the Corpy tip to find some piece of old tut that she can transform with glitter and sequins into even worse old tut for some hipster to buy at an over inflated price.

Upcycling is also the title of the German edition of a book first published in English in 1998 by Gunter Pauli which states that the goal of upcycling is to prevent wasting potentially useful materials by making use of existing ones. This reduces the consumption of new materials  when creating new products thus resulting in a reduction of energy use and pollution age.

This is a significant step towards regenerative design culture where the end products are cleaner, healthier, and usually have a better value than the material inputs.......

.... except in the case of this Roberts radio which has been 'artfully' crafted into a  lamp, complete with 'artisan'  skewed power switch and the missing control brights to give  that little touch of je ne sais quoi, or, as they say in the trade, 'patina.'

Would you give it house room?... Would Sarah?.....   I suspect not!

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