Its 'House of Upcycling'- In conversation with Chris Billinghurst.

Ever since I have stumbled upon the term upcycling, it has been like falling in love all over again. I have been obsessed with it, reading about it, learning around it, and more importantly practising it. To amplify my learning, I have also been connecting with people who have been in this field and have been cheerleading the idea of creative reuse for a while now. And in this, the social media platforms have really played a great role, through which I have discovered very interesting projects and initiatives. The inspiration all around has contributed to a lot to my personal learning. First I started doing upcycling work in my house, and then I started blogging about it. It is always good to share what you learn.

If you are still not sure "How upcycling is different from recycling", let me explain in layman's language. Unlike recycling, where thrown-away products and materials are made into new products in order to prevent waste, upcycling is a creative term, where waste materials or no longer used products are turned into new materials with a higher value than the original. Thus, upcycling is an art of refashioning something without creating any kind of waste. And thus it is extremely inspiring and environment friendly. It is time that we all aim for a house full of upcycled products.

In today's blog post, I am glad to take you through a conversation with Chris Billinghurst,

the founder of the House of Upcycling, the UK and Ireland's leading independent authority on professional upcycling for interiors.

Q: What do you mean by 'The House of Upcycling'?

A: The House of Upcycling originated in 2014 as a networking hour on Twitter (called #UpcycledHour), created to support the growing community of professional upcyclers in the UK and Ireland. Evolving over time to become the leading independent authority on professional upcycling for interiors, the organisation rebranded at the end of 2018 and became an Industry Partner of the British Institute of Interior Design (the BIID) in 2019.

Mellow Deco Refinished Cocktail Cabinet

Q. Where are you based?

A: The House of Upcycling is based in the Home Counties in the UK, around an hour from central London, with members located nationwide including Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland as well as on the Irish mainland.