Friday, 25 April 2014

Supersized Salvage!

Kevin's Supersized Salvage on Channel 4 yesterday was totally inspiring for anyone interested in making things from 'waste' materials. A whole aeroplane repurposed into useful products including a garden office, rickshaws, coat hooks, lampshades. Also lots of interesting stuff about finding niche markets for these types of products. Fascinating too to see the evolution of the products from raw concept to final products selling for high prices in upmarket shops. Would have been nice to see more 'affordable' products but one of the aims of the project was to make more money than the aeroplane would have made if the metals were salvaged and the rest sent to landfill so aiming for the high end of the market was their best (and probably only realistic) option.....

If you're looking for more affordable upcycled items, there's a whole range in the Crafty Green Poet Etsy shop

I scheduled this blog post in advance, writing it very quickly after watching the programme, which is why there's no poem for NaPoWriMo with it. I'm currently offline for a few days, will return soon and remember - there'll be a giveaway on this blog soon after I come back.

3 comments:

Rabbits' Guy said...

Will be an interesting trend to watch. There sure is a lot of "good stuff" thrown out because replacing it - often with something "better" is so inexpensive.

Pete Thompson said...

It was a fascinating programme, especially as I do quite a bit of upcycling myself, mostly old furniture and bric-a-brac. What I was rather disappointed about, though, was the prices they were charging - I know they were trying to make a profit but the items were well out of the range of most people.

A Cuban In London said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I'll definitely check that link out.

Greetings from London.