Eco-conscious Christmas Shopping

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Perthshire Creates and Zero Waste Perth are co-hosting Perth’s first-ever Christmas RE:Design Market at the Bike Station Perth on Saturday, 30th November.

This eco-conscious Christmas shopping event is a unique opportunity to see the work of locally-based artists who create original design-led work using re-purposed materials of all kinds.

Taking place between 10am and 4pm, the Christmas Re:Design Market will utilise the Zero Waste Space at the Bike Station Perth, 284 High Street, Perth. A new community hub for the people of Perth, the Zero Waste Space was formed through collaboration between Zero Waste Perth and the Bike Station Perth for workshops and events around reuse and repair. Entry to the market is free.


From jewellery reworked out of silver cutlery, clocks from bike parts and accessories from outdated vinyl banners, a selection of high-quality items will be on show which offers alternative and sustainable Christmas gift options. Visitors will get to see how the creative process adds true value to materials that otherwise may have been discarded.

Fiona McBain, Zero Waste Perth Coordinator, said: “We all know Christmas can be such a wasteful time, so this year we are offering the Perth community something different."

The Re:Design market is the perfect antidote to Black Friday shopping and the crass consumerism of recent years.

"The Re:Design market is the perfect antidote to Black Friday shopping and the crass consumerism of recent years. This is an opportunity to buy original, thoughtful gifts from local producers who have created beautiful things by breathing new life into things many of us would simply have thrown away.

Caron Ironside, Project Officer for Perthshire Creates adds: “Artists are considering how their creative practice impacts the environment. The RE:Design Market is a great way to showcase the ingenious ways they are developing their work by re-using a whole variety of materials, and how original creative ideas combined with their talent create beautiful and functional artworks.

The Christmas RE:Design Market follows on from the annual Perthshire Creates Christmas Design Market held the previous weekend. Both events aim to encourage people to support, value and buy from artists, designers and makers as well as to shop locally.

The RE:Design Market also falls on St Andrew’s Fair Saturday, Scotland’s contribution to the global celebration of Fair Saturday. This global mobilisation aims to create a positive social impact following the shopping spectacle of Black Friday and comes at the end of Just A Card Indie Week, a UK wide campaign highlighting the same message.

The artistsand designers taking part are:

Anetgems - Silver jewellery and upcycled sterling silver reworked silverware

Cloots! - Creative salvaged textile accessories for you and your home

Cornelia Weinmann Design - Handmade linen tops with decorative appliqué made from repurposed fabric

Creative Catalyst Project - Functional and contemporary up-cycled products from various items included vinyl banners and coffee sacks

Ecodiddle - Eco themed children's books about climate change and how to look after our planet

Lelley Makes - Bags, homewares, and accessories are sewn from upcycled denim jeans

No Comply – A celebration of skateboarding realised through bespoke jewellery and homeware, crafted from old, broken skateboards. Each piece is handcrafted and unique.

Philippa Johnston – Quirky, decorative and functional objects from recycled tin and wire

Ragged House – Household items and accessories from recycled materials using traditional rag working

The Phantom Workshop – Upcycled homeware, jewellery, and accessories

The Wash House Store - Refill starter kits plus retailer of plastic-free home swaps

There are also some other great events happening on the 30th Novemeber, make sure you head down to the city centre to visit the Spirit of Scotland and Fair Saturday markets.

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