Nicola Roberts dazzles in 315 metres of old electrical wire

Star lights up Fashion Awards 2021 – and the campaign to get us all recycling our unwanted electricals.

Nicola Roberts models dress made from recycled electrical wire

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Nicola Roberts wears Alex Sipa gown created from household cables

Positive energy

Nicola Roberts, singer, actor, writer

Nicola Roberts

“It really does show what’s possible in terms of recycling, and just how beautiful it can be.” – Nicola Roberts, singer, actor, writer.

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Alexandra Sipa uses discarded electricals in her fashion design

Alex Sipa

“I realised these beautiful details could be achieved using waste we all have lying around.” –  Alexandra Sipa, designer.

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Harold Tillman

“A brilliant idea. We need this campaign – and we need to know how to recycle.” – Fashion guru Harold Tillman.

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From fashion to jewellery – recycling is a beautiful fit

Inspired by the electro-dress? Try jewellery made from gold, silver or other precious metals from recycled electricals.

With the festive season just around the corner our guide to ethical jewellery comes to the rescue.


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copper wire can be recycled


700 tonnes

That’s how much copper is contained in unwanted electricals hoarded in UK homes.

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The cable knit reinvented

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Raw materials of the gown

cross-section of electrical cables containing value metals such as copper

188 wires

Did you know – the average UK home has 5 unwanted cables tucked away in a drawer?

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hundreds of tonnes of copper are contained in old cables in UK homes

315 metres of copper

Old wires contain copper which can be reused for its amazing conductivity, antibacterial properties – or even ethical fashion.

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22 ethernet cables

There’s enough copper in unwanted electricals in just 41 homes to make another stunning Alex Sipa dress.

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Ethical fashion, old electricals and climate change

Why recycling copper is green

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Old electricals contain precious metals

Unwanted cables in UK homes contain nearly 700 tonnes of copper. Plus we’re hoarding or binning millions of old electrical gadgets.

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Recycling saves it all from going to waste

The materials in old electricals can be turned into anything from ethical fashion and jewellery to medical equipment, bicycles and children’s playgrounds.

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Recycling is a win for the climate

Reusing or recycling electricals saves mining and drilling for new raw materials – and that means less carbon emissions.