Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Wearable Twist on Upcycled Vintage Toys

Check out the fun upcycled vintage toy car pendants that just parked at Beyond Junk!

Beyond Junk Upcycled & Vintage

Silver Sports Car Micro Machine Car Pendant

Beyond Junk Upcycled & Vintage
Yellow Cab Micro Machine Car Pendant

Beyond Junk Upcycled & Vintage
Red Sports Car Micro Machine Car Pendant

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Recycling Leather, Tank Tops, Socks and More!

At the Junk shop, I've been brainstorming a few ideas for working with some of the awesome recycled leather and faux leather I've been accumulating over the last year. And I thought, why not save a pair of jeans or a jacket while recycling scrap fabric? Patches!

The best part of these cute patch ideas is that they each use another recycled component. T-shirts, socks, jeans - things that can't be saved can help another beloved garment last a bit longer.
Broken Heart = faux leather, salvaged tank top

Monarch Butterfly = leather, salvaged tank top

Matryoshka = leather, salvaged socks and tank top

Horned Owl = leather, salvaged socks, tank top, and denim

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Another Bright Idea in Recycling

I'm excited to add a new product to Beyond Junk today; we've had salvaged lights before, from computers, miscellaneous electronics, and decorative strands.

But these are just too cool to post without a backstory. As a service electrician, my brother-in-law is responsible for upgrades as well as maintenance and new installations.

These salvaged light bulbs - I have 88 in total - come from an old fire alarm alert panel in a dated apartment building. They were originally installed between 1984 and 1985 (exact dates are stamped on each circuitboard), making these little emergency lights right around 30 years old.

interior fire alarm panel 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Eco-friendly Accommodation from Kippsy

The Junkpile is pleased to welcome another guest blogger, Kippsy, a London-based online marketplace for people to list, discover and book unique properties. Keep reading for the scoop on how vacation home rental eliminates the waste generated by traditional hotel properties.

Innovative recycling options you have to try

In recent years, most of us have increased the amount we recycle in every aspect of our life drastically. With both environmental and financial pressures motivating us, people across the country are taking serious steps to cut down on the impact we are having on the world around us.

Recycling isn't just a question of putting certain kinds of kitchen waste into a different bin for collection – it is a phenomenon which we can allow to filter through into many of the things we do.

Here, we take a look at a handful of innovative recycling options which may not have crossed your mind.

Rethinking travel accommodation

There's no two ways about it – hotel are hugely wasteful. From the tiny pots of shampoo in the bathrooms to the daily changing and washing of sheets, hotels see our carbon footprint swell and bloat each and every night we are away from home. But this needn't be the case for those that travel.

Kippsy offers travellers something a little different, making use of people's homes while they themselves are out of town. If you're stopping in the capital for a night or two, it makes a great deal of sense for you to make use of existing facilities in somebody's home rather than wasting resources at a local hotel.

The firm has also announced their new collaborative network which partners them with technology based peer-to-peer companies to build Kippsy Friends: a sharing network. This hopes to bring services together for even more efficient accommodation options with Kippsy CEO Phil Cooper explaining:

“We aim to add more brands and services that operate collaboratively and which benefit of our network of landlords and visitors to London.”

One of the services already partnered within Kippsy Friends is Wrap It – a firm which distributes reused and recycled surplus resources such as furniture. This means that your choice of London accommodation can now be even greener!

Going paperless

Recycling the paper we use is important, but it would be better if we just didn't use that paper in the first place. In many different cases, it's possible to go paperless without having to make any real sacrifices.

Instead of reading a daily newspaper, consider investing in an electronic device which allows you to read the news online. Instead of receiving monthly statements from your bank, try handling your accounts online. Making simple changes like these could save a vast amount of waste.

Alternative insulation

Insulation is an important part of green living, for obvious reasons, but the materials we use to insulate our homes don't always have to be of a specific kind. Radical architects of the day are looking for new ways to build properties almost entirely from waste products and insulation is a particularly versatile element.

Past projects have seen things as bizarre as VHS tapes and used toothbrushes used to insulate green homes – so the options really are endless.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Crafty Profiles: GcmF

Almost a year has passed since the last artisan profile here on Beyond the Junkpile. And that's waaaay too long, regardless of how little love this blog has seen in 2013.

So Crafty Profiles are back, starting with a personal favourite of mine - recycled leather. Today's designer, Gabriella Ferrante, has recently launched a new label in the world of reclaimed and recycled leather handbags.

Shop: GcmF
Goods: shoulder bags, totes, wristlets

Beyond Junk:
How did you get started as a designer? And what got you interested in working with recycled material?

I have been creating since I was 8 or 9, as dad was a tailor, so there were all the tools/machines to play with. I sold things on and off for years, until I finally completed a Fashion Diploma at Uni 2 years ago.
Working with recycled materials just makes sense to me. I have been eco-conscious for many years, but it was when I researched leather production for a Uni assignment that I really became aware of how bad/toxic it can be. Not always, but often. I was doing a collection of ladies evening wear dresses, and made one totally out of recycling leather pants....

Beyond Junk:
What inspired you to open an online store?
I guess it is much easier to do than opening a bricks and mortar store! I realise that many people shop online, so one must have an online presence. Also, this leaves me scope for moving around the world (I am a bit of a gypsy)....

Beyond Junk:
Aside from using recycled material, is your work environmentally friendly in any other way?


Yes. Leather glues are usually very toxic: you must wear gloves, and have good ventilation when using it. I have found a non-toxic alternative, which is fantastic. I also make my own non-toxic paste to paint on the inside of my bags to stop shedding.

Beyond Junk:
Tell us a bit about your plans for GcmF
I would like to keep it simple in design, but fashion forward.
I guess my ideal is to move back to Europe next year, and get back amongst it. It is quite difficult finding offcuts here in Australia, as there is not alot of local production anymore... My background is Italian, so I like to be over that part of the world...

Here are a few of shots of Gabriella's artful modern collection, recently launched on Big Cartel.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Modern solutions to office waste

Today, the Junkpile is pleased to present a guest post from Bywaters, one of the UK’s leading recycling and resource management companies.

Modern solutions to office waste

Offices, regardless of the business or company behind them, tend to produce a fair amount of waste. This is to be expected, after all the very nature of productivity demands it, but dealing with it can be difficult.

Office waste has been a problem since as far back as 2008 when it was estimated to cost UK businesses a staggering £15 billion a year. Thankfully there are many ways to deal with such waste and with increased awareness of the environment and the effects discarding old materials can have on the world around us, every office should be aiming to dispose of their waste responsibly.


The majority of office waste takes the form of paper and plastic and these can all be dealt with very easily. A professional answer, such as Bywaters recycling bins, offers a perfect example.

These bins are simple to use, keeping recyclable materials separated for easy processing. Recycling is a far more responsible solution to waste disposal than land-fill or other options, ensuring that we don’t produce unnecessary waste.

According to the 2008 article in The Guardian, Britain used to lag behind the rest of Europe when it came to recycling – boasting a rate of just 17.7% for the 335 million tonnes of waste it produces. Hopefully this situation has improved since then and businesses can all do their part to bring our attitudes up to standard.


In partnership with recycling, you should also take proactive measures to reduce the amount of waste your produce. Part of this can involve cutting down on paper usage by limiting the number of emails printed or going paper-free where possible.

Choosing the right materials can also prove beneficial. For example, paper and plastic are two very easily recycled materials so it would be best to deal with these wherever possible. Purchasing recycled goods can also play an important part in limiting your waste contributions.

Additional benefits

Aside from the green benefits of these approaches, you should consider how else you can benefit. Taking active measures to tackle company waste head-on can boost morale and act as a positive influence on your staff and their working environment.

Secondly, the implications it has on the company image can be high. Being green is of big importance in the modern world and many customers and clients come to expect it from those they deal with. If you fall short of their expectations then you may find your business is left behind.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Recycled Polyethylene PE Plastic Chain

Providing recycled chain for customers of Beyond Junk has been a high priority for me since I started the shop back in 2010. As a designer who works with recycled material myself, I see the need for recycled chain to complete pendants, necklaces, bracelet and earrings you've worked hard to create from as much recycled content as possible.

The search has been long and tedious, covering organic cotton cord, vintage and salvaged chain, and the fruitless search for recycled silver chain by the foot.

Today, I'm adding a few listings for recycled Polyethylene (PE) plastic chain, sourced from Linyi Wells Rigging Import & Export Co. Ltd. in China. If enough of you are interested, I can bring in more colours including black, blue, and yellow.

3' Feet of Recycled Small White Plastic Chain

recycled white plastic chain

29" Inches of Recycled Large White Plastic Chain

recycled white plastic chain

27" Inches of Recycled Bubblegum Pink Plastic Chain

recycled pink plastic chain

25" Inches of Recycled Neon Red Plastic Chain

recycled red plastic chain