Max has the upcycling bug

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From small acorns great oaks do grow, and from a derelict classic 1974 VW Beetle?

Great pieces of furniture are created!

Online selling site Gumtree has recorded a 50 per cent jump in people selling upcycled items over the past year.

So they employed the talents of Bedford-based upcycling expert Max McMurdo to work his magic on a £700 derelict Beetle he found on the website.

And with a little bit of creativity and know-how Max has transformed the Beetle into more than 20 pieces of furniture and household fittings with a combined value of more than £5,000.

The project is a shining example of what can be done when you reuse material instead of purchasing new.

And the motor trade is no different when it comes to dumping the unwanted – figures suggest that annually some two million vehicles become waste.

“Gumtree is on a mission to revolutionise the way we look at waste and I’m excited to be a part of it through projects like this one,” TV presenter Max said.

“We want to show people that you can create quality items out of anything, even a run down VW Beetle.

“This project is a great way to share these opportunities and help people uncover their own creativity and put their hand to making something amazing.”

Max’s creativity has made use of every part of the once splendid vehicle.

A car door became a bedhead, and a car seat was turned into a rocking chair.

Even the exhaust pipe had new life breathed into it – and is now working as a stylish desk lamp.

The functional items are now for sale on Gumtree.

All proceeds will be donated to The Butterfly Tree charity to provide classrooms, books and toilets for the children of a Zambian community.

Katie Crossfield is the marketing campaign manager at Gumtree.

“Through working with Max we’ve had the privilege of seeing our community really embrace upcycling on Gumtree.

“We hope by showcasing the positive impact on the environment this brings it will help inspire more people to follow suit,” she said.