Artichoke 'fibre' among most unusual materials being used in upcycling

The Environment Agency recently warned that criminals are abandoning so-called recycling centres leaving mountains of waste – there were 989 illegal waste site in 2015-16. All the more important for waste to find new uses, and designers are helping.

On the mass market, Ikea is leading the way. They’ve made the front of new kitchen units by wrapping reclaimed wood with a foil made from the discarded plastic PET bottles (that’s polyethylene therephalate) that often go to landfill.

By contrast, in a workshop at Somerset House on the Embankment, young Londoner Conor Taylor is fashioning a new material

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