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Object of Desire: Recycled Plastic Knives by Allday Goods

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Object of Desire: Recycled Plastic Knives by Allday Goods

November 14, 2023

Our magpie eye was recently drawn to a collection of knives with handles in sweet-shop colors. We soon discovered the handles are made entirely out of plastic waste: drink bottles, vegetable crates, and, funnily enough, empty sweet tubs.

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Above: Allday Goods pick-and-mix cutlery (£75 for a set of four). The handles are made out of 100 percent plastic waste, the blades forged in Sheffield, the UK’s historic capital of cutlery.

The collection is the brainchild of Hugo Worsley, who set up Allday Goods in 2021. Hugo had recently given up his cheffing career in London, moved back in with his parents in Norfolk, and started experimenting with plastic waste and a toastie machine in their garden shed. His first upcycled handle was made from melted milk bottle tops and affixed to a blade forged by a renowned blacksmith in Japan.

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Above: Allday Goods founder Hugo Worsley in his East London studio.

Hugo then made his first prototype, “an all-rounder chef’s knife,” from melted black plastic pots and an expertly forged blade. He released 100 of these on Instagram and they sold out in 76 seconds. “I started to sell batches every three months, experimenting with different types of blades and other sources of plastic waste,” he explains.

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Above: Part of their “Petty” range, this “unbelievably sharp” blade is handmade in Japan, the octagonal handle made out of waste plastic (£105).

Hugo’s mission—“to take plastic destined for landfill and repurpose it into a product that can last for life”—has taken him across the UK. “I try to use each batch to raise awareness for current waste issues in certain areas,” he explains. For his second batch, he worked with the veg box delivery company Abel & Cole to transform their disused plastic milk bottles handles into knife handles. Then he temporarily relocated to the northwest coast of Scotland to collect old fishing nets for the melting pot.

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Above: Allday Goods Everyday set (£220). All knives are made to order, so customers can choose the color of their handles.

For his most recent batch, he’s at the opposite end of the country, cleaning the beaches of Margate in Kent. “Beach plastic waste in Margate is a big problem, and with the growth in tourism, it’s getting worse. So for our most recent batch we went and collected plastic waste left on the beaches in Margate and turned it into the handles for the knives, and in doing so told the story and raised awareness for the issues they face.”

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Above: Allday Goods Forged Set (£340).

Depending on the volume of waste collected, the melting process takes place either in a factory either in Lancaster or in his studio in Dalston (he’s moved on from the toastie machine in the shed), where all the handles are attached and the knives hand-finished. “I can control the color marbling to a certain extent,” says Hugo, “but the finished product is always a bit of a surprise to us, and for the customer receiving it.”

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Frequently asked questions

What is Allday Goods?

Allday Goods is a company that produces eco-friendly kitchen utensils made from recycled plastic.

What are Allday Goods knives made of?

Allday Goods knives are made from 100% recycled plastic, specifically recycled food-grade polypropylene.

Are Allday Goods knives dishwasher-safe?

Yes, Allday Goods knives are dishwasher-safe. They are designed to withstand high temperatures and frequent washing.

Are Allday Goods knives sharp?

Allday Goods knives are razor sharp. They are suitable for cutting meats, fruits, vegetables, and other soft to medium-hard food items. However, they are not as sharp as traditional metal knives.

Can Allday Goods knives be used on non-stick cookware?

Yes, Allday Goods knives are safe to use on non-stick cookware. They have a soft and smooth surface that won't scratch or damage the coating.

Are Allday Goods knives recyclable?

Yes, Allday Goods knives are fully recyclable. If you ever want to dispose of them, make sure to check your local recycling guidelines.

Are Allday Goods knives BPA-free?

Yes, Allday Goods knives are BPA-free. They are made from recycled food-grade polypropylene, which doesn't contain any harmful chemicals.

Can Allday Goods knives be used for cutting meat?

Allday Goods knives are razor sharp and suitable for cutting meat and bones.

Where can I buy Allday Goods knives?

You can purchase Allday Goods knives through their official website or from selected retailers listed on the website.

Do Allday Goods knives come with a warranty?

Yes, Allday Goods offers a one-year warranty on their knives. If you experience any issues within that time, you can contact their customer support for assistance.

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