Recycled Market Brings Life To Old Junk

cassette tape lamp

I love it when people find interesting and innovative uses for old materials and there is an abundance of this on a new-ish international marketplace for recycled and upcycled items. Recycled Market allows sellers to promote their wares to buyers who are interested in purchasing recycled items and you’d be amazed at the range of things on sale.

From things for the home made of recycled or reclaimed rubbish to eco bags made out of old fish feed sacks and crafted in Cambodia, you can find a plethora of things to buy and some of these items would make fantastic ethical gifts too.

Here are some of my favourites.

Vinyl Clocks

Whether these are hand cut or machine cut I don’t know but you have to admire the finished product for its style. Made out of genuine old vinyl records (of which there are no doubt millions lying around peoples’ homes), I would quite happily put one of these clocks up on my wall at home and while there are many designs available, I did of course chose the London skyline as my pick of the bunch.


vinyl clocks

Cassette Tape Lamp

I absolutely love funky lamps and I’m even considering buying this one for my flat. Continuing along the musical theme, this lamp is made out of cassette tapes firmly tied together and I think it’s modern and cool beyond words. I love the way the light filters through the tapes but think it looks equally as good switched off.


cassette tape lamp

Watch Movement Cufflinks

I really like the mechanical look of these cufflinks that have utilised the beautifully crafted movements from old watches. Breathing life into such components not only saves them from landfill but also lowers the need for mining new metals from the Earth. These would grace any dinner party or black tie event with ease and certainly make for interesting conversation starters.


watch movement cufflinks

Vintage Prom Dress

I’m no expert when it comes to women’s fashion but I am a big fan of reusing vintage clothing in the modern day. When you look at the time, effort and raw materials that some of these pieces of clothing required in their making, it only seems right that they get used again and again. The dress I’ve picked could have quite easily have ended up in landfill or been used for rags but instead it is here ready to be enjoyed by a new owner and that ticks a lot of green boxes in my opinion.


vintage red prom dress

Beer Cap Earrings

I couldn’t finish without giving a quick nod in the direction of these amazing earrings that have been made by flattening the caps from bottled beer and adding a couple of wooden beads. Sure they may be small but any reduction in raw materials being mined is a plus and I think they look pretty cool.


beer cap earrings

What are some of your favourite recycled/upcycled items on this site? Leave a comment and let me know.

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4 Responses to “Recycled Market Brings Life To Old Junk”

  1. greenecobear
    April 16, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    amazing find greensteve! great Upcycle post & kewl website, cheers

  2. Ann
    April 19, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Hi green steve

    love the vinyl clock made out of old records. could easily have that in my house where did you find that one

    • Steve
      April 19, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      Hi Ann, you can find the whole range of vinyl clocks that are designed by Pavel Sidorenko by clicking here: http://www.recycled-market.com/Pavel-Sidorenko-Design

      • Ann
        April 19, 2012 at 11:18 AM

        Hi green Steve

        thanks they are not as expensive as I thought they would be.

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