Manufacturing from Waste Materials

18th September 2018, 6pm, Lozi Work/Shop


“ Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value. “ ~ R. Buckminster Fuller, American Architect, Inventor and Futurist


Our planet is facing a waste crisis.  Our oceans are suffocating with plastic, clothing has become disposable and if food waste were a country, it would be the third largest carbon emitter in the world.  Reassessing our relationship to waste has never been more crucial.  

As Part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle and London Design Festival, Lozi’s first panel discussion, Manufacturing from Waste Materials, shines a light on how a handful of groundbreaking UK businesses are challenging our views on waste, completely redefining its use by transforming it into an essential component and raw material in their production systems and even building entire businesses around it.

Come join us at our Work/Shop on Tuesday the 18th of September at 6pm to hear the groundbreaking thoughts of a handful of UK business, enjoy a drink and a late night opening afterwards.

By redefining what waste can be, this panel hopes to shine a light on creative ways of tackling a growing global issue. 

We are also delighted to announce that the panel will be hosted by the incredible Rose Etherington. Rose is editor in chief of Clippings, the fastest growing platform for interior design that offers a new way for interior design teams to fast-track their projects from inspiration to installation. She has been a design journalist for over a decade, including six years at Dezeen where she was the first editor. She began writing for the nascent publication while working as a researcher on the second title for Carlton Books by Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs, Green Design: Creative Sustainable Designs for the Twenty-First Century.


Hear the thoughts of these groundbreaking UK businesses



Did you know 44% of bread is wasted in the UK? Toast Ale has launched a pint-sized fight to prove that the alternative to food waste is award-winning. They brew delicious craft beer with surplus fresh bread that would otherwise be wasted and gives all profits to charity to fight food waste.

Toast source surplus bread from bakeries and sandwich makers, using it to replace one-third of the virgin grain used in their manufacturing. They add only malted barley, hops, yeast and water. 

Food production is the biggest impact we have on the planet, responsible for 80% of deforestation, 70% of fresh water use and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions, yet globally we waste 1/3 of all food produced. Their mission is to end food waste by eliminating bread waste and raising awareness of the problems of, and solutions to, food waste whilst creating delicious craft beers consumers love and giving their profits back to the food waste charity Feedback.   

Instagram: @toastale  

Twitter:  @ToastAle


Helen Newcombe is the founder of Davy J, a British swimwear brand that creates beautiful active swimwear, all manufactured in the UK and made using ECONYL® yarn, a nylon yarn regenerated from 100% waste materials including fishing nets and other marine rubbish.


As a brand Davy J creates beautiful swimwear that is also designed to ‘survive a dive’ and made for active use. The suits are built to last and the business has an end of life returns scheme for all of their swimsuits so that the resources within them can be recycled. Helen is a Circular Economist and rising female entrepreneur, winning the Women of the Future Award for Entrepreneurship in 2017 & currently shortlisted for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2018. 

Instagram: @davyjs

Twitter: @davyjs


Smile Plastics is a materials design and manufacturing house making exquisite hand-crafted panels from waste materials. They offer a classic range of panels as well as limited editions and a bespoke materials service.  

Their mission is to change people’s perceptions around waste via innovation – to use art and technology to unlock the hidden potential in recycling, and open their eyes to the unexpected beauty of scrap. In doing so, we hope to inspire more people about sustainability and recycling.

Their materials have inspired designers around the world, and have been used in wide-ranging applications from small products to large-scale installations in both residential and commercial premises.   

Instagram: @smileplastics  

Twitter: @SmilePlastics


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From using sustainably sourced raw materials to minimising waste, Lozi has built sustainability into every aspect of their business model. Our unique combination of digital manufacturing and traditional woodworking methods produces elegantly minimal designs full of personality that will fit seamlessly into any contemporary home.

The makers at Lozi continuously develop new techniques to reduce waste ensuring that our furniture production has minimal impact on the environment.  Our £9.99 collection is specifically designed to re-use offcuts and waste materials from our production systems. 

We will be premiering a new technique for casting our sawdust, further reducing our waste materials en our environmental impact.   

Instagram: @Lozi_Designs  

Facebook:  @LoziDesigns




The talk will be held at the Lozi Work/Shop, 278 Hackney Road, London E2 7SJ. 

Doors open at 5.30pm for a 6pm start, Please make sure you arrive before 6pm or you may have to forfeit your seat. 


  • What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We are a short walk from Cambridge Heath, Hoxton and Shoreditch High Street overground stations. 

Buses 26, 48 and 55 stop on Hackney Road and buses 67, 106, 149, 242, 243, 254, 388 and 394 are a short walk away (Kingsland Road or Cambridge Heath Road).

There are bike railings on the opposite side of Hackney Road outside Hackney City Farm but very limited on-street parking.

  • Is the event wheelchair accessible?

Yes. The entrance from Hackney Road is via our shop and down a flight of stairs but you can access the work/shop via the rear as well. If you require wheelchair access or cannot use stairs, please send us an email at for further information and so we can accommodate you. 

And discover Lozi's £9.99 collection entirely made from repurposed waste materials