Since we began operating as UpShop Industries in 2015, we have discovered innovative and creative ways to upcycle unwanted materials and discarded objects. Here are some of the stories from upcycling projects we have completed with clients. Over the years, we have tested out design thinking and materials analysis, implemented circular economy principles, and shown that upcycling is the best practice to divert waste from landfill and enrich the lives of businesses and communities.

Banners to bags

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) coated polyester fabric is an extremely durable, weather resistant material, perfect for the banners and billboards installed on construction hoardings. Yet, banners

Is upcycling art?

How can upcycling be a creative and collaborative act? In September 2017, a series of artworks appeared in Westgate Health Co-op (a co-operative community health

Saving the machines

In March, 2017, Ray, the owner of Excell Press, officially retired after fifty years. Keen to talk, we stepped inside his small Brunswick factory just

What is waste?

Upcycling is thinking about waste, about what it actually is, and how we are all responsible for it. Visitors to the second UpShop market could

Innersprings and ingenuity

The challenge? Create a fence that is beautiful, low-cost and with reclaimed material. The solution? Upcycle the inner springs from discarded mattresses. Friends, Simon (an

UpShop Pops Up for Xmas

On Saturday 3rd December, 2016, UpShop held its inaugural Pop-Up Market from 10:00am to 4:00pm @ UpShop. 298 Barkly Street, Brunswick. An event designed to

Veggies and volvos

Chickens and cars? Up North from Upshop, there is a veggie garden that was given an upcycling makeover. We found a novel way to create

Re-Engineering the kitchen

Creative upcycling is more than repurposing old objects and giving them a bit of a clean so they look shiny and new.  It fundamentally involves