The Ideas Factory

We're restlessly determined to make products that leave the planet better than we found it. We do things differently – and love sharing our ideas for making things better. Each week we add to our blog, posting everything from DIY beauty recipes, waste-fighting tips, UpCircle guides and interviews with people and brands who inspire us.

Welcome to the UpCircle blog, we hope you enjoy reading…

5 HOUSE PLANTS FOR GREAT SKIN

 

What products you put on your skin is just as important as the environment your skin is surrounded by. With the help of house plants you can keep skin hydrated and fresh all year round!

Ingredient Highlight: Apricot stone powder

 

Apricot kernel powder has an incredible range of benefits for both skin and overall health. We explain everything you need to know about this wonder ingredient.

HOW TO: MAKE AN UPCIRCLE CANDLE

 

Whilst we all love candles most of us probably haven’t thought too deeply about how they are made! So, with the recent launch of our repurposed candles (the first of their kind) we thought we would delve into the weird and wonderful world of candle making!

Skincare benefits of chamomile

 

The chamomile benefits for skin are numerous – in this post, we explain what chamomile is, its benefits in skincare, and how to add it to your skin routine.

OUR CHILDREN'S BOOK BUNDLES AND BEYOND...

 

In August we announced our "Back to School for All" campaign, with a pledge to donate to book bundles to 100 UK primary schools. Thanks to generous donations we smashed this target, and reached 135 schools!

AN UPCIRCLE GUIDE TO: DIY FACE MASKS

 

DIY Face Masks are a great way to give your skin some love and attention AND use up some of those ingredients sitting in the cupboards! The added bonus? You know exactly what you are putting on your face!

Hyaluronic acid – what’s all the fuss about?

 

It may sound like something out of a chemistry set, but hyaluronic acid for skin and eyes is big news in the beauty industry. We explain what it is and the benefits.

What are toners and why should you use one?

 

What is toner? Many of us use it, but what does toner do for your skin and why should you use it? We explain the benefits in our guide to skin toners.

UPCIRCLE RESULTS IN PICTURES

 

We believe you shouldn’t have to choose between doing the right thing and getting the best results. With UpCircle, you get to enjoy the uplifting benefits of nature’s own skin rejuvenators – and do the planet some good, too

More skin transformations here!!

The benefits of using a safety razor

 

The benefits of using a safety razor are extensive, for your skin, your wallet and the environment. Here we explain why and how to use a safety razor.

Upcycling inspo: Hair Scrunchies

 

At UpCircle we love re-purposing, so old clothes and materials are no exception. Check out this easy DIY scrunchie guide to make your own scrunchie from home. Grab an old t-shirt or leftover fabrics to upcycle your very own!

Zero Waste Vegan Cauliflower Cheese Recipe

 

Our friends at Too Good to Go have shared with us this wonderful Zero Waste Cauliflower Cheese Recipe. Most of us are guilty of throwing away the leaves, but this recipe will make you want to use the whole thing!

Living Low Waste with Children

 

Trying to live "low waste" can be even harder with children. So we've compiled a handy blog post full of ideas on how to live eco-friendly with young children - from food to birthday parties!

The return of the solid soap bar

 

We are championing the return of the solid soap bar. Here we share its history and explain the benefits of using bar soap for both you and the planet.

Anti-racism resources, black-owned businesses and individuals to inspire us all


We want this blog to be a space full of anti-racism resources, black-owned business and individuals.

Let's keeping adding to it and learning together!

It’s back to school for us all… #blacklivesmatter

There has never been a more poignant time to reflect on how we educate our children, and ourselves. At UpCircle we want to celebrate the idea of ‘back to school’ week as for everyone. It’s not just children who can be learning and listening, it’s all of us. 

How to create a low waste bathroom cabinet

 

There are plenty of zero waste bathroom swaps we can make using eco bathroom accessories – here are our tips for a sustainable bathroom cabinet.

UPCYCLING INSPO: DRESSING TABLE STOOL

 

As you know, we are alllll about upcycling, and we want to help provide inspiration for you to transform your trash to treasures in as many ways as we can. In this post we learn how transform that old dressing table stool in to a beautiful new one fit for a queen.

UPCIRCLE TESTIMONIALS - WITH PICS!

 

We want show the world there's no compromise on performance when elevating leftover natural ingredients. In fact, the results are usually much better than the conventional, mass-produced skincare options out there! Have a look, and a read, of some of our latest UpCircler feedback:

Back and chest acne: what you can do

 

If you’re reading this then you’re no doubt keen to know how to get rid of back acne, as well as acne breakouts on your chest. In this post, we’re going to help you find some solutions.

UPCIRCLE CANDLES: Q&A WITH SUBLUCEO

 

We've just added soy candles to the UpCircle range. We collaborated with Subluceo to create them, so we thought we'd catch up with Sophie, the woman behind the brand, to find out more about why she decided to become a candle maker.

From the inside out: 8 foods for clear, healthy skin


While we know the importance of good skincare, we also know that healthy skin comes from within. So here are the best foods for clear skin.

Argan and skincare – a journey from tree to moisturiser

 

We use the finely ground powder of discarded argan shells in our moisturiser – here we share the story of argan and the benefits of argan oil for skin.

Plastic-Free July: Our Tips... (And Your Tips!)

 

It's Plastic-Free July - whoop whoop! 

We've put together a nifty set of tips to help reduce your single-use packaging materials. It may seem daunting, but remember - every little helps!

Skin Care Tips For Sensitive Skin – We Answer Your FAQs

 

We get asked a lot of questions around sensitive skin – from causes to the ingredients to avoid. Here we share our skin care tips for sensitive skin.

How to live a greener and more eco-friendly lifestyle

 

If you’re wondering how to be more eco-friendly and sustainable, you may not know where to start. Here’s our guide on how to live a greener life.

HOMETHINGS (RE)ACTION PODCAST

Check out this podcast recording with Homethings. 

In this episode, "Repurposed Beauty for a Better World", we ask the question: how realistic is a zero-waste lifestyle?

The ultimate summer-ready skincare routine

 

With the summer months fast approaching, we share our recommendations for the ultimate summer-ready skincare routine – whether you have dry or oily skin.

MORE UPCIRCLER SKIN TRANSFORMATIONS!

 

It's all well and good us telling you how great our by-product beauty products are... but of course we're biased - so let's hand over to our customers to do the work for us.
Have a look and a read through some of our latest UpCircler skin transformations!

SPEAKING AS THE WHITE FOLKS ON YOUR TIMELINE

Staying silent in the presence of injustice is a clear sign you side with the oppressor. Being anti-racist requires action.

We want to turn our words into tangible actions. To simply repost another’s resource or a few links feels passive, performative and insufficient...there are two parts to the action we plan to take.

How to calm facial redness and inflammation


We explain the causes of facial redness and share our top tips for how to calm red skin on face, from soothing inflammation to combating rosacea.

UpCircle: Real People, Real Results!

We believe you shouldn’t have to choose between doing the right thing and getting the best results. With UpCircle, you get to enjoy the uplifting benefits of nature’s own skin rejuvenators – and do the planet some good, too

More skin transformations here!!

 

OUTSIDE LANE PODCAST


Outside Lane tells the stories of the people and businesses inspiring coffee culture today. In this episode, Lane Eight owner George chats with Anna about the UpCircle journey to date, day to day life as a brand founder, and how the coffee collecting idea began!

Urban dwellers: what is skin pollution?


What is skin pollution and what are the effects of it on skin? In this post, we explain how to protect skin from sun and pollution naturally.

UpCircle Before and Afters


We use the highest quality ingredients, for the best possible results. You'll feel, and SEE, the difference!

But of course, this is all very easy to say... The proof is in the before and afters of our very own UpCirclers.

What is my skin type?

 
What is my skin type? The answer to this common question isn’t always clear-cut. We explain how to identify your skin type and choose products accordingly.

THE BUSINESS OF KINDNESS PODCAST

Curious about how our repurposed ingredients are transformed from their first life into their next life as an UpCircle product? Check out our interview for the "Business of Kindness" podcast!

What are parabens and why are they so bad?

 
It’s likely that you’ve heard of parabens and their bad reputation. But what exactly are parabens and why are they so bad? In this post, we explain all.

Our top tips for acne-free skin

 
We share our top tips to clear up acne and keep those blemishes at bay. From keeping your skincare regime simple to making some healthy lifestyle changes.

EASTER NO-BAKE MOUSSE CAKE!

 
What's Easter without chocolate? This is one of our favourite cake recipes for 3 reasons: it only requires 4 main ingredients, takes about 15 minutes to make and is a WONDERFUL vegan and gluten-free alternative to cheesecake!!

UPCIRCLE ON BBC RADIO LONDON!


Anna is interviewed live on BBC Radio London, following the huge response to our NHS pamper parcels send out - have a listen in full!

UPCYCLING INSPO: PLANT STAND!

As you might imagine we get through a LOT of rolls of paper tape at UpCircle HQ. We hired Barbs as our warehouse manager a few months ago and soon noticed that she had begun collecting up the inner cardboard tubes from the rolls and taking a box full home each Friday. Have a read to find out why!!

UPCYCLING INSPO: ALUMINIUM TINS!

Upcycling, the process of making something better from things that already exist. We do it in every single UpCircle product, but upcycling can be applied to much more than just ingredients. 

If you made the vegan chilli recipe that we posted last week you will have been left with a few empty tins. Read on to see how you can give them a another life in a new form!

"THERE'S NO FOOD IN THE HOUSE (OR SHOPS!)" RECIPES

Whether you belong in the panic buying crew or the anti-hysteria crew, we can all benefit from some creative home cooking recipes at the moment.

So, we thought we would share with you some of our favourite tasty meals made from pantry-essentials that you hopefully won't have to venture out to buy, but already have in the safety of your home!

WORKING FROM HOME WITH TEAM UPCIRCLE

UpCircle HQ is a pretty quiet place at the moment, as is to be expected. Half of our workforce (2 out of 4 of us!!) are working from home. However, when your job title is "Warehouse Manager" working from home is a bit tricky! Safe to say we've had to get creative and stay open-minded! 

So let's check in with the "at home crew" and see how they're adapting!

IWD: MEET THE WOMEN OF UPCIRCLE

One of the best things about working in a small team? Every one of us is our own boss. This International Women's Day is about how we each make a difference.

So, let's meet the team and celebrate the vital input of each of the UpCircle gals.

The Step-by-Step Guide To Clearer, Brighter Skin

Ever wondered how to create a full skincare regime using UpCircle products? How often to use them and in what order? We've put together a handy step-by-step guide so you can get clued up on how to create your very own skincare routine, with tips on which products to suit your skin type!

How Used Coffee Became Gold Dust

The less coffee we waste the better. Fortunately, a number of clever companies have realised the great potential in leftover grounds.

Here at UpCircle, we’re fully on board with that message, and in the spirit of innovation, have lovingly compiled a list of a few of our faves.

 

Deliciously Easy Vegan Pancakes

Easy, simple-to-make vegan pancakes that are a perfect way to start your day. Have a read and prepare to make your own!

UPCIRCLER TESTIMONY

It's easy for us to tell you how amazing our products are... but we're biased!

Have a listen to some vlogger reviews - because you don't need to take our word for it!

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