image Weekly Photo Challenge: Repurpose

The things I am sharing today for this challenge are probably more at home over at Heather’s Helsinki 🙂 as they shed a shining light on three great locations for buying repurposed / recycled / upcycled items in Helsinki. All three are very different in their approach and pricing.

First up: Globe Hope

Pipo (beanie) & scarf
Pipo (beanie) & scarf

Every item you buy has the background story of the material and how it came to be used by Globe Hope. My pipo (beanie) and scarf set are military fabrics and rescued crocheted flowers (my bad I can’t remember the story in full :/). A favourite shop to browse – I love reading the stories of the products. Keep an eye out for their sales – but be quick, things sell out fast!

Next we have Kierrätyskeskus / Recycling Centre.

Plan B - always in trashion!
Plan B – always in trashion!

Run by City of Helisnki they have their very own fashion brand! PlanB. Not only can you buy second hand clothes at ridiculously cheap prices, they also make a line of very stylish (and flattering) clothes from donated fabrics. The workshops behind the Plan B are all about offering training to long term unemployed.

Finally: MadeBy Helsinki

'Mutsi' keytag
‘Mutsi’ keytag

Mutsi is Helsinki slang for mum (that’s me!), and the key-tag has been repurposed from an old spoon handle. MadeBy Helsinki is a cooperative of artists – a few of the artists specialise in repurposing while other’s are creating from scratch.

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