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The Un-Knitting Machine is eco-friendly on a number of levels. It is a unique device that utilizes parts of a bicycle to unravel old, unused woollen clothes in order for the yarn to be fashioned into something else. The Un-Knitting Machine not only upcycles both bikes and clothing, it uses pedal power to complete its task.
The creator behind the unusual invention, Kingston University design student Imogen Hedges, was inspired to build the Un-Knitting Machine after discovering that some charity shops devote hours to unravelling home-knitted jumpers. Essentially, to use the Un-Knitting Machine, the un-knitter simply pushes the pedals to unravel the wool that simultaneously passes through steam coming out of a kettle before being collected on a spindle. The yarn can then be sold in piles.