Gallery: REMARKABLE Recycled Product Design


Ever thought you could write with a plastic cup? Or store your pencils in an old tire? Welcome to Remarkable, a product design company where UK waste is recycled and made into fun, exciting & innovative products. In their Worcester-based factory, video cassettes become pencils and juice cartons become notepads, demonstrating a different (and very green) approach to both recycling and product design.

Remarkable was started by Edward Douglas Miller in 1996, who was interested in the potential of UK recycled materials. Edward began by experimenting with plastic cups, trying to turn one plastic cup into a pencil. Why? Quite simply, because it had never been done before, and would prove that an everyday, throwaway item that would usually go straight to landfill could instead become something new, fun, and functional in its second lifetime.

Today Remarkable creates recycled items that are well-designed, withhold great quality, and are a joy to own. As well as their environmental credentials – all Remarkable products are made using only UK recycled materials. By highlighting what an item was in its previous life, the products illustrate an engaging history, and certainly generate a positive interest in recycling and environmental issues.

In the heart of Worcestershire, the Remarkable Factory is busy turning UK waste into something Remarkable! Visit the Remarkable website and get your hands on some of the products. For any city dwellers, I know for a fact that Remarkable products are on sale at London’s Science Museum.

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  1. Linda McD May 10, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Do you do any creative workshops or courses on recycling design ? or can anyone recommend anywhere?

  2. stephanie January 7, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    i so want to do what you are doing in the US!!! and if you do not want to come over here, maybe i will!!!!
    the uk is so on top of the game and i really want to help the US follow your lead!

    truly remarkable and great for the collective consciousness . . .

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  4. Richie August 7, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    Simply great. First the UK…then da’ woild ?!?!?!

  5. melissa August 7, 2007 at 10:53 am

    These are great – it looks like something that kids might get a kick out of, too, which is always a plus when it comes to saving the world.

  6. Leigh August 7, 2007 at 10:47 am

    amazing but delivery to the US would sort of counteract some of the benefits. They need to start a North American company for local deliveries…. or next time one of you go to London, buy a bunch and fill up your suitcases…

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  9. HerrK August 7, 2007 at 3:15 am

    forgott this one:

  10. Stefaan Vandist August 6, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Great products! And on top of that: great brand!
    It is realy a brand that turns recycling in a great story and that way: builds strong belief in recycling.


  11. Jaime August 6, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    These are great! Thanks for sharing.

  12. J August 6, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    aww but they only deliver in the UK …. :(

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