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Rant: E-Waste recycling, or the lack of it

My 9 to 5 day job is in HR for a large company. Now, said company are upgrading some of their systems.
Me being me, I saw an opportunity to buy some older PCs for next to nothing, which I would salvage for parts and cases for later projects. So off I go to speak to the person in charge about the PCs.

To my absolute shock I was told no, the PCs are off to be destroyed because of Data Protection!!
Now obviously within my role I understand the key importance of the Data Protection Act, however, what I don’t understand is why companies feel that the whole PC needs to be scrapped…How Wasteful!

Nearly 99% of the PC can be reused without infringing upon data protection (literally remove the old hard drive and take a hammer and chisel to it!). Now don’t get me wrong, I am not annoyed that I was told no to buying the PCs, what annoys me is that perfectly good components are being sent to landfill for no reason.

Anyways enough of my rants for this week I can hear Luke calling me from the workshop!!

Keep your eye out for the next project soon to be posted!!

Take care little devils

Green Jnr
(Harry)

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Voodoo dolls

Evening all  I went a bit mad this weekend and used up some of my scrap fabrics to make these little Voodoo doll guys 💀
What do you think?
I had so much fun making them, and it saves on waste too! Can’t wait to make some more! They’re for sale on my Etsy page for £13 each

 

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#ThriftFest 2016

This weekend we popped along to check out the Festival of Thrift in Redcar. What an amazing event! Over 120 stalls, entertainment, workshops & events running all day. I’d highly recommend it.

It was fantastic to see so many people there, all with an appreciation of upcycling and sustainability. Harry and I spoke to many of the stall holders, all lovely people with great individual styles. We saw reinvented furniture, altered clothes, cigarbox guitars (yes, Harry had to have one of those!) and even some great art installations. Kudos to the organisers, we were walking round like kiddies at Disneyland!

And to top it all off I got to meet one of my idols, Mr Max McMurdo of Reestore. What a lovely guy he was, I could have chewed his ear off with upcycle talk but the poor guy was hungry so I let him go for lunch. Not before getting a signed copy of his #Upcycling book though (give it a read, it’s great!)

We were so impressed, I’ve enquired about having a stall there ourselves next year. Come and find us! I’ll post an update nearer the time.

Festival of Thrift

Max McMurdo – Reestore

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I’m a Green Devil, are you?

I have always been a believer in making the best of what you have and trying to give things a new purpose before discarding them. This is why the majority of the materials I use are repurposed. We live in such a throwaway culture, so many useful and beautiful materials end up in landfill when they are no longer needed. Salvaged material really makes for some great one of a kind pieces. 

I started this blog to share my inspirations of the world of upcycling and also to document my journey as I delve deeper into the world of sustainability.