"We believe in beauty in nature, in your home being perfect the way you want it, in family, spending time with each other. We support the makers and the shakers who are making, creating, offering us ways to be green. We believe in making choices easier for us all through moving away from the poorly made, the unethical, the fast and the thoughtless. We believe in blending old with new, doing it yourself, sustainability, a good cup of tea, health and happiness. We stand for our planet, for people of all types, for animals, trees, for difference being fabulous, for ordinary being spectacular, for old being cherished, for community, for stories and for love of people and planet. We believe that every step counts and that if all of us take many small steps, we will make big changes. We know that there are better ways and better choices and we want to help you change the world".
Welcome to you from the Recycled Family. We are on a mission to build Australia (and then the world's!) biggest Green Home & Living Hub! We are here to help you create a beautiful sustainable home, one step at a time. We support the makers and the shakers who are growing their business to help people choose sustainable, eco, green, handmade and fairtrade for their homes and lives. We believe that every small step matters.
Find our fabulous blog full of ideas, tips & inspiration; our Sustainable Home Hub, where you can find sustainable designers, builders, decorators and products for your home lifestyle; and our sustainable decorating and consulting services.
Better For Us All
Recycled Interiors is your go-to resource for being sustainable, healthy and happy at home. We are all about encouraging and inspiring you to create a home & life you love, that is better for you and the planet. We want to support you to take small, simple, actionable steps at home and in your everyday life, to be more sustainable. We are all about breaking down barriers to this, making it as easy as possible, and reducing your eco-anxiety.
We know that growing your sustainable, eco, green, handmade or fair trade business is tough. We understand that navigating social media and selling your messages is hard. We are here to help you grow because we believe that by offering more sustainable options to people, it will be easier for them to make the best choices.
We are about speaking out and standing up to drive bigger picture changes to policy and systems, so that we can all be more sustainable in the way we live our lives.
It is all connected
They say your home is your castle. No matter how big or small, whether it has cracks and knocks, needs some work or is perfect the way it is – your home is YOURS. Whether you rent, buy, or live at home, you have the right to create a space that makes you feel happy and secure.
Be grateful for having a home and NEVER let anyone tell you that you are “outdated” or that you are just not “on trend”. Each small step you take makes a difference to the health of our planet, you, your family and your home. It is all connected.
Home does not mean the same thing to everyone. But we all have the same basic need for a home, for shelter and a place in the world we call ours.
Your home should nurture and hold those who live in it, and it should work with the environment in which it stands, not against it. ost importantly, your home is about the people who live there. Your health and happiness are connected to the way you live, and the way you live is connected to the health of the planet.
When you see the beauty in the rough, stories underneath the knocks and bangs, layers of life etched into the patina of a thing, you realise the value in everything.
Value the old, the handmade, the things that stand the test of time, the ones which feel loved under your fingers and tell stories of people who made them. Most importantly always value people and planet first.
Think of yourself like a tree trying to shade a home. As one tree, you can make some definite impact and at certain times of the day, you will cast a strong patch of shade across the roof of the house.
But if you had a group of trees next to you, dotted around the property, you would create a forest, and this would bring far more shade, oxygen and comfort to everything that lives on the block.
On an even wider scale than that, you would contribute to the health of our planet. Together, your little forest of trees would improve the environment of the home and the lives of the people who live in it, as well as the wider world.
These changes in the ways we live are ultimately contributing to reducing the damage to our planet and improving the quality of all of our lives.
The future looks bright when we all look forward together.
I am an ex-social worker and counsellor, turned writer, blogger, stylist, speaker and advocate for people and planet. I am an award winning charity founder and Australian of the Year and Telstra Business Woman's Awards state finalist; and a Psychology PhD Candidate. I also have a certificate in Design and am an Ambassador for 5 Gyres - you can read more about their work here.
I am also an Ambassador for the Orangutan Alliance - read more about their work here.
A passionate and genuine lover of people and planet, I am here to help you feel good about yourself, your home and your everyday, while we talk all things health, happiness & sustainability.
Get inspired to think before you buy, reduce your waste and lighten your footprint on the planet, while you create a happy healthy home and life you can love!
So many people are yearning to go back to a slower pace of life, to appreciate difference and connect with what matters in life – and so Recycled Interiors was born in April 2013.
I am a genuine tree-hugger and passionate about living a life that leaves this beautiful planet in a state that allows future generations and other creatures we share the world with, to live long and well.
I have spent many years decorating my home in my own unique style and cherishing the stories that lie behind old stuff. I grew up with bohemian parents who valued the environment and were passionate about people and planet. I have also lived with depression and anxiety in my past, and I saw so many people also getting stressed about life, it made me want to do more.
I strongly believe that mental health, wellbeing and sustainability are closely connected.
First and foremost I am mama to these 3 gorgeous boys (all a little older than when this photo was taken), and wife to the wonderful Mr Recycled.
I love creating, designing, homes and interiors. I am also passionate about your health and wellbeing and believe these things can not be separated.
From when I was a little girl being banned from watching Lassie (yes really!) because I was too worried about her being left behind during the opening credits (yes that was before the show even got into the multitude of crises she faced!), to my career as a social worker, my founding of a national diabetes charity, my research, and my work at Recycled Interiors - helping people and making a difference to the world is really what floats my boat.
I have 3 sons which is pretty amazing considering my type 1 diabetes which I have lived with since 1979. Pregnancy with type 1 diabetes is tough. I am damn proud of these 3 kids, and myself.
I am an eternal optimist, and lover of colour and nature. I make mistakes, lots of them and I worry about what people think of me. I have always had that issue. I am waiting until I grow up to get over it.
I DO NOT like large spiders. Just in case you were thinking of showing me any of those on your Instagram feed.
I do however LOVE whales, please share them a lot with me.
I have lived with depression and anxiety, which was a pretty crap place to be for an optimist. But I got through it and optimism helped. As did mindfulness.
I am an acute op shopper (ok addict).
I love to share, a lot, about everything.
My favourite smell is that of rain.
It is the blend of old and new that make my heart skip a beat.
About Our Team
Recycled Interiors is very much a family business and everyone pitches in. Our team at the moment consists of Helen, along with "Mr Recycled" (as he is affectionately known) - AKA, John; "Grandma Recycled" AKA (also) Helen; "Baba Recycled" AKA Barry; and James and Maxwell - "Midi and Mini Recycled!". Our son Cameron and his wonderful partner Jess also provide us with love, support, laughter and ideas for content on our blog and in our community.
About "Mr Recycled"
John is a carpenter by trade and full of skills and tips when it comes to building and design. He can turn his hand to pretty much anything and is often seen up a ladder, sawing something, or hammering away! He is an integral part of the vision and planning for Recycled Interiors and the Hub, as well as content creation and marketing support. Mr Recycled often appears in blog and social media campaigns for brands. Married to Helen since 1998, John provides invaluable support to Helen in her life with chronic diseases, in parenting their 3 boys, and countless hours of laughter and love. James and Maxwell provide ideas, a young person's perspective about the planet, and support to our Recycled team, and often feature in blog and social media content (as well as putting up with their Mama's constant home rearranging and renovating!).
About "Grandma and Baba Recycled"
Both Helen W and Barry are trained teachers and long time environmental supporters. Their passion for the world is what sparked Helen E to create Recycled Interiors in the first place. Helen W is also a counsellor and writer. Supporting Helen as a counsellor in her diabetes charity for many years, she was also a driving force behind the community and volunteered her time to support thousands of people online. She has been integral to Recycled Interiors since its inception and provides moderation support in our Facebook group, as well as joining in with challenges and content creation. She has edited books, articles and provided insight into a more sustainable life. She is a creative woman and makes a number of pieces for our store. Finally, she and Baba Recycled are the main support system for Helen and John, and regularly care for their grandchildren, sharing conversation, laughter and love - and spend family holidays together by the sea -as the most important part of life is time with loved ones.
The Sustainable Home Hub
The creation of the Sustainable Home Hub has emerged after growing our community; along with connections to industry. Acting like a bridge, we bring those 2 groups together, allowing sustainable architects, designers, decorators, landscapers; makers of furniture, homewares, textiles and art; community gardens and networks; solar companies; garden products and so on, to reach potential customers; and allowing you to search for what you need, when you need it, in one spot - to create a beautiful home you love, while treading more lightly on the planet.
Head here to visit the Hub.