Top UK upcycler visits Emmaus Dover
Well known furniture upcycler Hester Van Overbeek (hestershandmadehome.com) from Ramsgate recently visited Emmaus Dover’s charity shop as part of a national upcycling challenge for Recycle Week (25th September – 1st October).
To celebrate this year’s Recycle Week Emmaus UK challenged five of the UK’s top upcycling bloggers to turn unwanted goods donated to Emmaus charity shops into new bespoke items.
On her visit to Emmaus Dover Hester picked out a vintage footstool, which she has restored and given a modern twist to using fabric rope. The one-off piece will be sold to raise money for Emmaus Dover’s work with homeless people across Dover.
Hester said: “As a DIY author and blogger I love up-cycling as why buy something new when you have all the material lying around to make an unique one off piece? Not only is up-cycling better for the environment but by buying from a charity shop like Emmaus you don't only save a few pounds but you help others in need too.”
Now in its 14th year Recycle Week aims to encourage the public to recycle more, by demonstrating the benefits of recycling items from around all around the home. Last year Emmaus communities across the UK recycled or reused 3202 tonnes of unwanted goods that would have otherwise gone to landfill.
Emmaus Dover provide a home and meaningful work in a social enterprise to 27 formerly homeless adults in the Dover area.