Elvis and Kresse Firehose upcycling

About Elvis and Kresse 

Elvis and Kresse fights landfill waste by finding innovative ways to reclaim and repurpose discarded materials. Unlike most designers that start with a concept or vision, Elvis and Kresse work completely backwards. They start with a waste problem, and then research and develop products best suited for that material.  While UK fire hoses were the first waste material they set out to transform, Elvis and Kresse now work with old parachute silk, leftover leather scraps, coffee sacs and more. So far, they have diverted over 165 tonnes of waste from landfills, entirely eliminating fire hose waste in the UK. 

A New Way of Doing Business  

Elvis and Kresse run a 14-month apprenticeship program from their workshop in North Kent where the local community faces significant youth unemployment. The programme provides extensive training and helps to create a new generation of highly skilled craftspeople in the UK. This helps serve the local community, and also functions to combat the outsourcing of skilled craft labour to outside of the UK. Additionally, Elvis and Kresse donate up to 50% of all profit to charities and organizations such as the Fire Fighters Charity.   
Elvis and Kresse Firehose upcycling

Elvis and Kresse Firehose upcycling

"We need more consumers to support circular producers, we need desingers to create exciting ciruclar goods...we need governments to raise landfill taxes or create other incentives to drive circularity. Like solving climate change, it is going to take everyone... " - Kresse Wesling MBE, Co-Founder

Read the full interview with founder Kresse Wesling to find out more about passion for upcycling and promoting a circular economy.    Read The Interview