Our Meet the Maker series returns with a bang, as we catch up with Kresse Wesling of Elvis & Kresse.
She tells us about how her B Corp uses 15 recycled materials to create bags and homeware – and donates half of all profits to charity.
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What can we find on your part of The Big Issue Shop?
In our part of The Big Issue Shop you can find our story, you can meet our cofounder Elvis, and you can see the essential pieces that make up our rescued fire-hose collection.
How do your products make a positive difference in the world?
Our products are made with rescued materials, heroic materials like damaged, decommissioned fire-hoses that would otherwise go to landfill. By choosing rescued materials we are both eliminating a waste and also proving that something doesn’t have to be ‘new’ to be beautiful. We also donate 50 per cent of our profits to charity. In the case of the fire-hose collection, 50 per cent of the profits are donated to the Fire Fighters Charity.
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What inspired you to start your company and how did it start?
I fell in love with Duraline hoses the moment I saw them, in 2005, piled up on a rooftop at a fire station in Croydon, awaiting an imminent and undignified death in landfill.
Fire hoses are decommissioned for one of two reasons, they either reach the 25-year end of their health and safety life or they are too damaged to repair. They either miraculously survive 25 years of active service, or they die trying.