Upcycling is so cool….check out these pages and links!
Thanks to The Community Resources Network Scotland for this message! The CRNS represents recycling and re-use organizations across Scotland on issues of sustainable community resource management.
OK ….. Tι σημαίνει upcycling;
Upcycling είναι η διαδικασία κατά την οποία ένα άχρηστο υλικό μετατρέπεται σε ένα τελικό προϊόν ίσης ή ανώτερης περιβαλλοντικής αξίας.
What is upcycling?
Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.
It is something we can do to help the planet become more sustainable by reusing unwanted items by turning them into new products. This in turn means we can reduce the use of raw materials and the energy used in the manufacturing of raw materials.”
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I’m really impressed by this piece, made by a dedicated “upcycler” in London, Rupert Blanchard at Styling and Salvage He says “I’ve collected cardboard boxes for many years now, nicely worn warm brown cardboard with bright graphic prints. mostly from dusty attic spaces via car boot sales” The body is made of salvaged plywood on a steel frame. Have you ever seen the humble cardboard box look so good? Cardboard box upcycling at
Rupert was recipient of the
If you ever need upcycling inspiration his site www.stylingandsalvage.com is well worth a visit!
More about Escama and their great upcycled bags. In this pic Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas can be seen with a bag from Escama Studio Masha made from 100% recycled aluminum pull tabs. Apparently he owns five bags of their bags!!!
Will.i.am from and his Escama Studio Masha handbag
Upcycled paper jewellery
Upcycled paper and books are used by UK artist, Liz Hamman to make this unique paper jewellery. She folds, creases and weaves the paper to make these very wearable pieces. To see more of her work click HERE
This is a great way to upcycle old newspapers, comics and magazines, especially shiny magazine pages as they cannot actually be recycled.
Trashy Earrings Co. is a social business actively supporting a small community named Villa Soleada outside of El Progreso, Honduras, where 43 families live. In 2008, many women in the community began to receive loans through a micro-finance initiative. Some used these loans to make artisan products out of trash such as handbags, necklaces, and headbands. One day, one of the women came up with the idea of miniaturizing the trash-weaving style, turning it vertical, and inserting a metal pin through the center. The end result? Trashy Earrings.
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The prices for the finished pieces are very reasonable and the cause is worthy!! Please visit their site to see more of their upcycled jewellery and learn more about Trashy Earrings Co.
Fashion from trash.!?!
Yes…back onto “Trashion” again after finding the Junktofunk trashion collective It is a collective of artists and social innovators that use Trashion as art for social change to inspire individuals toward mindful consumerism, creative re-use and conscientious disposal”
Here are just a few of their dresses-
Dress made from upcycled plastic spoons
Dress made from upcycled coffee filters
Dress made from upcycled window blinds
They say : “Wikipedia defines Trashion as “A philosophy and an ethic encompassing environmentalism and innovation. It springs from a desire to make the best of limited resources.”
They get people to think differently about waste in order to create positive behavior change.
I especially like the idea that they do after school programs and monthly craft nights and work parties……… but most of all I love the idea that they work with private companies to “create Avant-garde garments out of their waste stream”
Beautiful upcycled bags
Katcha Bilek, the designer who dislikes waste, presents her collection of stylish & versatile bags & belts, crocodiles & chandeliers, from upcycled, recycled & reclaimed materials. She began selling her upcycled inner-tube bags in Spain from the late nineties. Living in an out-of-service fire engine as she travelled across Europe, she was regularly found selling them out of the back to passers by!
“They were in demand,” she says, “because they were an intelligent alternative to animal skins, and boring high-street copies and people realised this. The bags and bike tyre belts are robust and versatile – perfect for living on the road, and for an urban lifestyle too.
I think because they are design-led and hand-crafted, people were attracted to them – my methods cut out industrial machinery and any chance of unethical practices. Plus, each piece is completely unique – you might cut the same design from an inner-tube, but the final result will always be slightly different.”
Her designs have an intrinsic element of relaying environmental issues. “Promoting awareness of the environment and of the raw resources and materials we consume daily are essential components in all of my creations.”
Katcha continually expresses her love of design, beauty and originality through transforming discarded materials and objects she finds on a scavenge, fashioning them into useful, well-designed pieces.
Here are a few great examples of her work but do check out her site HERE !!
Made from wheel-barrow tubes with a zip in any colour of the rainbow and fittings in either Silver or Antique Brass
Handcrafted from upcycled lorry inner-tubes & the strap is a recycled car seatbelt.
Trashion …..I hear you say…what???
The so-called “trashion” movement started long before sustainable fashion was en vogue, and Ivano Vitali of all people, should know. After all, the Italian artist dabbled in mammoth-size tapestries made from castoff newspapers, plastic bags, eggshells, and aluminum foil as early as 1974. Three decades years later, Vitali devotes his attention almost exclusively to recycled newsprint, which he tears into strips and skillfully twists into balls of yarn without the addition of glue, coloring, or silicone. Using humongous custom-made wooden needles and hooks—some as long as 8 feet—Vitali knits and crochets the unconventional fiber into garments that are as functional as they are theatrical.
Huge balls of newspaper yarn
Newspaper yarn dresses knitted by Ivano Vitali
His site http://www.artnest.it/ is truly interesting! I mean….have you ever tried to knit < newspapers> ??????
Inspirational Upcycling Design Leaders – Escama.
‘Οπως τα αλουμινένια καπάκια και βραζιλιάνικα κεντήματα σε δημιουργία της Escama.
Escama Studio is a collaborative design studio based in San Francisco and Brazil which makes beautiful upcycled fashion accessories using crochet and recycled aluminum pull-tabs. The word ‘Escama’ means ‘fish scales’ in Portuguese; the name was chosen because the bags look as if they’re made from big metallic scales of a fish.
Escama Studio is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade. The Federation is part of the global fair trade movement, building equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty.
Each piece comes with a hang tag bearing the signature of the person who made it. Click on the photo to learn more about the amazing women who craft the bags
Click HERE to see a great video by Escama showing How Pull Tab Bags are Made.
Fashion from the “Nether Regions” or the “Knicker Dress”
“From a distance, you see an elegant dress, but up close you experience the surprise that the dress consists of knickers only.”
More amazing upcycling …….. Και άλλα καταπληκτική “upcycling”
………a chair made from old T shirts ……. πολυθρόνα κατασκευασμένη από παλιά T shirts
‘Ενα καταπληκτικό σχεδιασμό -αn awesome design created by Maria Westerberg.
Cool upcycled jewellery