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The London Upcycling Show

On 30 November 2016, as part of European Week for Waste Reduction 2016, 180 residents came along to our first ever London Upcycling Show, hosted with environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy. The event was launched by Councillor Clyde Loakes (Chair of NLWA) and held at Waltham Forest Assembly Hall. It included upcycling demonstrations, workshops, sharing skills such as chair rushing (a method to create a seat by using twisted leaves of strands of paper), chalk paint applications, decoupage (cutting and covering items with paper), and making/attaching buttons to items of furniture.

A range of organisations were also exhibiting and selling upcycled items, as well as providing advice and ideas to attendees, including:


Attendees visit upcycling stalls and workshops at the London Upcycling Show.

North London Upcycling Competition

The show also featured an upcycling competition in which 18 north London residents took part and upcycled an item of unused furniture. Councillor Clyde Loakes, announced one winner from each of the five categories; ‘armchair’, ‘cabinet’, ‘dining table’, ‘side table’ and ‘upright chair’. Each winner received a £200 voucher to spend at The Goodlife Centre. The competition also resulted in 441.4kg of furniture being diverted from disposal - the same weight as a large adult grizzly bear!

Judges for this competition were Chris Billinghurst; interior decorator and founder of Upcycled Homes (design consultancy for eco-friendly and upcycled interiors), and creator of  #UpcycledHour (networking and idea-sharing platform, on Twitter) and Tim Rundle; an industrial designer with experience across furniture, lighting, consumer products, technology and transport. The judges were very impressed by the level of submissions received.

The winners were as follows:

Side table: Lorraine Blissett, from Islington
Dining table: Nathan Phillips, Inga Thiemann, from Haringey
Cabinet: Jacqueline Ambrose, from Barnet
Armchair: Elizabeth Knowles, from Camden
Upright chair: Tina Kendall, from Waltham Forest


From left to right: Councillor Clyde Loakes; Lorraine Blissett; Chris Billinghurst; Nathan Philips and Inga Thiemann; Tina Kendall; Elizabeth Knowles; Jacqueline Ambrose; Tim Rundle.

In addition, there was a 'People's Choice' award, which was also won by Lorraine Blissett, from Islington (for her 'side table' entry).