It’s our tenth anniversary here at Nigel’s Eco Store. We could kick back and celebrate (or I could head off to the beach for the summer), but instead I’ve decided to indulge in a particular passion of mine – design.
This summer at Nigel’s Eco Store, we’re launching a new marketplace to promote design-led eco products. Think bags made from recycled fire hose, smartphone speakers crafted from reclaimed wood, and wall decals made with eco-vinyl.
We haven’t gone public with the marketplace just yet, but it is open for business and I wanted to give our blog readers an early viewing.
Back in 2005, when I first launched Nigel’s Eco Store, I headed to 100% Design for inspiration. I found Re:design, a side exhibition in Brick Lane. There were products there that got me really excited, but most were not yet in production, and those that were just weren’t a good fit with the store.
Fast forward 10 years, and designers have really woken up to the potential of eco-design. Recycled and reclaimed materials are being turned into lust-worthy objects. Brands like Morph and Tense are bringing together carpenters, designers and technicians to use wood in ways that have never been thought of before. Clothing brands, such as Po-zu, are using natural materials like corn husk in place of plastics. It’s truly a great time for eco-design.
We’re starting small… with just a handful of hand-picked designers. Some of these are brands I’ve come across over the years. My Tense watch, for example, is as much a part of my ‘look’ as my glasses. Others have popped up in the news or on social media; Ashton Kutcher and Kylie have tweeted about the Hu2 wall decals. And others I’ve literally scoured design shows and the internet for.
Once we’re really up and running, we’ll be adding a lot of new designers, brands and artisans to the mix. All the products will have some kind of eco-credentials, whether they’re Fairtrade, recycled, re-purposed, or just designed to make green living easier. But we’re equally as happy to collaborate with a work-at-home mum in Cornwall as we are a big(ish) Canadian brand. This isn’t about mass production, it’s about eco-items that are dare I say it, damn sexy.
So do take a look at marketplace.nigelsecostore.com, and if you know of any designers or makers we should invite on board, please leave us a comment below.