Upcycling in Honiton

There’s a new shop in Honiton where the Recycling shop used to be – on 21 High Street, on the side of Boston Tea Party but a bit further up. Tim Grant has opened Renovate and I popped in today to say hello and tell Tim a bit about the new Transition group in town.

Tim works full-time restoring and renovating household items like this unique chest of drawers above, to sell in his shop. He then gives items a unique twist and Tim says as soon as they go in the shop he is selling them straight away – which is great news in these difficult times for small businesses and our high streets.

According to the website www.upcycling.co.uk Upcycling is becoming increasingly popular among groups and individuals concerned about climate change. Recycling is great but it requires energy and resources to collect, sort and process unwanted items and waste. Upcycling is an even greener way of recycling – you find a new purpose for your unwanted items before you chuck them away.

Wikipedia says “The first recorded use of the term upcycling was by Reiner Pilz of Pilz GmbH in an interview by Thornton Kay of Salvo in 1994. We talked about the impending EU Demolition Waste Streams directive. “Recycling,” he said, “I call it downcycling. They smash bricks, they smash everything. What we need is upcycling where old products are given more value not less.”

Best of luck to Tim with his Honiton based business – a great example of how to keep stuff out of landfill and a project which fits into the ‘transition’ philosophy perfectly. Please don’t click away until you have added a comment below & let us know if you hear of other businesses in Honiton which are actively improving the planet in some way.


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