New love for old textiles
TEXT: KRISTINE OLOFSSON | PHOTOS © PUMPA UPCYCLE
Pumpa Upcycle is a young company with a passion for bringing new life to pre-owned textiles. “Customers may contact me with a piece of old table cloth, or a curtain, that we can then remake into a Pumpa Upcycle product,” says founder Maria Laaksonen.
Through Pumpa Upcycle, Laaksonen contributes to more sustainable consumption. “There is so much fabric with potential out there, with beautiful colours and designs. These textiles can be reused instead of burnt for energy or sent to landfill,” she explains. Reusable bags, furoshiki wraps, pet beds and children’s dresses are only a few examples of the stylish creations made by Pumpa Upcycle for both businesses and individuals. “When working with my customers and upcycling the material, the products are made after the costumers’ wishes and become very unique,” she smiles.
Quality made for you
Laaksonen works with four independent entrepreneurs who sew the products for Pumpa Upcyle in their own studios in southern Finland. “I am very lucky to be working with these extremely talented ladies with great knowledge in needlecraft,” she says. “All our products are made with care, and customers can expect perfect hems and stitches.”
Sometimes, Laaksonen also picks up the needle herself. “My grandmother was a needlework teacher, and my mum sewed during my upbringing – it’s in my blood. Pumpa Upcycle was born to be very customer-friendly and sustainability-focused, and this is how we will continue our story.”