Just a few weeks ago we did a feature on a clever and quirky little social enterprise called ‘Glove Love’ , a matchmaking service which guarantees to match single lost gloves with a suitable mate and them off on their way to a delighted new owner, with all proceeds going to an environmental charity.
Today we’ve got a great new project, all the way from Amsterdam that has taken this innovative upcycling and sense of eco-responsibility to an exciting new level. The ‘Lost and Found Project’ which has been established in aid of environmental sustainability organisation Natuur & Milieu, is an exhibition and popup shop which gives a stylish new lease of life to objects which have been left behind by Dutch commuters on the national rail operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen.
The project was run by around 100 students from the Artemis Academy in Amsterdam in the city’s central station last December and showcased hundreds of beautifully and innovatively upcycled objects which would have otherwise been written off as little more than a heap of junk.
The most unusual of the objects left behind have been put on display for the public to view and include (amongst many many truly bizarre things) a box of gold rings, the keys to a Ferrari and (if you can believe it) a prosthetic leg! Other less surprising objects have been lovingly refurbished, designed and put on sale in the adjoining popup shop.
Who would have thought that an old skateboard could make such a charming bookcase? Or a cycle helmet such a striking light feature? It seems the folks in Amsterdam were just dripping with brilliant design and fashion ideas and luckily they had plenty of inspiration with over 80,000 items being left behind on Dutch railways last year. Lost and Found project is fun, inspiring, enterprising AND it’s great for the planet! Could it be any more up our street?
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