At DuoBoots, we love to work with local projects and to help where we can. Last year we looked at where we might be able to recycle some leather, accumulated from boots that were no longer repairable. We looked back at people and places we had donated materials to before; these included local schools (St Louis in Frome, Frome College, King Edward’s School, Bath), as well as a number of local artisans (including a hatmaker) and a Cornish sculptor who creates extraordinary art pieces, David Kemp who made a collection of dogs he entitled ‘Well-heeled bitches”.

This time however, we were inspired by a chance meeting with The Wiltshire Scrapstore team when we went along to Kirsty’s Handmade Fair at Bowood House back in June. The workshops they were running at this event produced wonderful creations and we chatted about how we might be able to support them. The Scrapstore Team relentlessly pursue materials which are destined for landfill and make them available as art materials for use by schools, community groups, families and members of the public in exchange for a donation for the materials they take.

The Wiltshire Scrapstore offers a wonderful service to businesses...

“At Wiltshire Scrapstore, we love the challenge of giving waste materials a second life...All of our materials are collected by our van from businesses such as yours and therefore provide a free recycling opportunity for unwanted surplus avoiding landfill and giving it a second greatly appreciated life.”

Around 300,000 people in Wiltshire and the surrounding areas benefit from The Wiltshire Scrapstore. As well as a warehouse bursting with all kinds of wonderful things to spark creativity and feed the imagination, you’ll find a calendar full of creative workshops suited to different age groups, children’s holiday clubs, a cafe, training workshops for teachers & even team building days.

DuoBoots is delighted to be working with The Wiltshire Scrapstore and we look forward to seeing crafts made from leather that’s no longer needed for boots...

The Wiltshire Scrapstore is based at Unit 5, Griffin Farm, Bowden Hill, Lacock, Chippenham, SN15 2PP and is open 6 days a week. Visit the website here.