Repurposed Construction Net
One of the most readily-available materials in South-east Asia, this ubiquitous netting is used in Cambodia for protecting cattle and drying rice. Smateria use it for an altogether different purpose.
When combined with high quality linings and accessories, this abundant and functional material can be restyled into something truly desirable.
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Recycled Plastic Bags
Based in an underprivileged area of Cambodia, Smateria have helped to establish an enterprise which allows local women to earn a living through recycling plastic bags.
The 22 women currently working with the project oversee the whole process, from collecting the black plastic bags from local garment factories, to weaving the material into elaborate designs using traditional crocheting techniques.
View the exquisite handiwork of these skilled craftswomen.
Recycled Motorcycle Seat Covers
Supplied by street vendors in the Cambodian cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, this recycled PVC material provides an environmentally-friendly alternative to leather.
Whilst the covers are subject to rigorous quality control, the slight variations in the pattern of the seat covers ensure that each bag has an individual character.
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Recycled Inner Tubes
Unlike your bicycle tyres, the puncture repair kit will not save the inner tubes of bus and truck tyres. If not rescued by our designers, these rubber tubes would be consigned to landfill or incinerated.
Instead they are reclaimed from transport companies in Indonesia to be handcrafted into bags, jewellery and other accessories.The varied texture of the rubber gives each item a distinctive character and, although reused, the material remains extremely hardwearing.
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Recycled Oak Barrels
Imbued with the character of some of Scotland’s finest scotch whiskies, these reclaimed oak barrel staves bring an air of sophistication to the world of upcycling.
Our UK-based craftsmen use the patterns and markings of the reclaimed wood to create individual and distinctive home accessories, whilst the distinctive scent adds another sensory experience.
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Recycled Bike Chains
Our designer Katie uses reclaimed links from bicycle chains in her distinctive and characterful accessories. The links are carefully selected and combined with silver plated steel to ensure quality in the final products.
Taken from bikes that have travelled the highways and byways of Britain, Katie’s work brings a whole new meaning to the term upcycling.
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Sourced from the home of Italy’s leather industry, Tuscany, these offcuts have been given a new life. Using their inimitable style, Smateria have fashioned a range of eye-catching and distinctive designs which perfectly show off the pattina and texture of this unmistakeable material.
For those who love upcyling, but can’t live without that leather bag, this might just be the perfect combination.
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