08 Jun 2016

GUARDIAN – From trash to cash: the entrepreneurs who waste no opportunity

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Meet the small businesses that rely on rubbish – trading unwanted apples in exchange for cider, or turning fishing nets into swimming costumes


The small businesses using rubbish as a revenue stream aren’t always on the lookout for waste. For Simon Wright, founder of independent drinks company Hawkes, the rubbish found him.

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Women’s swimwear brand Auria is also focused on customer tastes, while running a sustainable production process. Founder and designer Diana Auria uses Italian firm Econyl to create her garments. The regenerated nylon fabric is made by melting down discarded fishing nets and other marine debris, extracting the pure polyamide (proteins) and weaving it into a new material.

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