The Upcycled Trading Company – TUT Co. for short – started as a furniture upcycling hobby for Claire whilst studying interior design. The hobby took over and it was time to think how best to make it work as a business promoting this type of sustainable interior design.
The idea was born for a shop offering home and lifestyle products that compliment this ethos by falling under the categories of eco-friendly, locally sourced, fair trade or recycled. Many of the products have been sourced from local independent makers helping promote the quality creations of other small businesses in the area.
Collaboration over competition and quality over quantity is the mantra of the business. So alongside refillable hot and cold drinks bottles in cool retro designs there will be natural wool fat soaps from Romney Marsh and super soft throws and cushion covers made from recycled plastic bottles.
In addition to the products on sale TUT Co. accepts upcycling commissions and provides upcycling workshops giving participants the opportunity to discover their own passion for sustainable interior design and upcycling.