Table mats made from fire hoses?! Hot stuff! The latest purchase for my #BuySocial Xmas Challenge

Made by inspiring social enterprise Elvis & Kresse, the latest purchase for my Social Enterprise Christmas Shopping Challenge is a set of six tablemats and coasters.  Like many of Elvis & Kresse’s products the set is made from de-commissioned British fire brigade hoses.

Elvis & Kresse scrub away all the soot and grease that builds up after the hoses have been used for about 25 years.  At the end of life as a hose, instead of being sent to landfill, the otherwise waste material is turned in to beautiful accessories such as handbags, belts, laptop covers and tablewear.  And in addition to reducing waste, Elvis & Kresse donate 50% of profit to charities relating to the waste they collect, such as the Fire Fighters charity.

The wrapping (also entirely reclaimed) is so stylish I couldn’t bear to unwrap my table mats to take a picture, so here’s the one from the Elvis & Kresse website:

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I’m a huge fan of this social enterprise because it couples fantastic environmental and social benefits.   So yes, I am saving up for a handbag!

Check out the Elvis & Kresse shop at: http://www.elvisandkresse.com/index.html

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