An award-winning Cornish up-cycling company is launching a series of workshops where people can learn, not only how to sew, but how to turn broken plastics and inflatables, which can’t easily be recycled, into bags, purses and accessories.  

Flotsam Flo started their journey in 2021 by Kate Doran.  

Kate was a secondary school teacher for 10 years, but after a life changing brain haemorrhage, she realised tomorrow was never promised and took a leap of faith.   

She wanted to do something with materials that can’t easily be recycled and started experimenting with other ways to use plastic waste and wetsuits. She now transforms them into bags, purses and other items.  

For the first time, Flotsam Flo is opening its doors so that the public can learn how to up-cycle plastics into fun fashion items. Workshops will be a maximum group of four people and will be based near Redruth.   

People will learn how to sew and use plastic materials to turn trash into treasure. Workshops are currently available through October to January with a range from creating Christmas decorations, Christmas Wreaths, purses to tote bags.  

These Flotsam Flo workshops are a fun way to make these items for yourself or for gifts. Kate also gives talks to organisations in the local community about plastic waste and her up-cycling.  

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