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Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coat made from a salvaged broken umbrella!

Philadelphia based green product designer, Taryn Zychal, has become a household name in the upcycling business this year for her work exclusively with broken umbrellas. Only having started her company, Recycling Zychal, in April of 2009, Zychal has already completely redefined the way people look at broken umbrellas in a number of ways including launching a successful national broken umbrella collection initiative entitled Flora Fauna Function, making special Upcycled Umbrella Dog Coats for the queen of craft herself Martha Stewart and her French Bulldogs, spreading the word about her business on the internet through her Etsy Store and Blog, being voted in as a finalist for the prestigious Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards and receiving tremendous local and national press for her efforts to get broken umbrellas off the streets and into her hands; all of which has resulted in the success of her softgoods company far beyond what she expected when she started.

“The response has been overwhelming and amazing, people have sent me broken umbrellas to recycle from all over the world. I started off with about 20 broken umbrellas and a dream, now I have over 500 umbrellas and a real business!” said Zychal in a recent interview. “My goal for 2010 is to get more people to know that if their umbrella breaks and they want to recycle or upcycle it, Recycling Zychal is here to do so, it is our sole purpose for being in business”, she commented.
New Winter HOODs by Recycling Zychal are now available on www.recyclingzychal.etsy.com from $22-$30+
With her ever-growing enthusiasm for green product design and marketing, Zychal is now asking for your vote to help her win 1designperday.com’s Sunday Young Designer Competition. The more stars and tweets she receives, the better her chances are of winning, and on top of that you are helping to spread the word about her broken umbrella recycling so that more people keep their broken umbrellas off the street and into the hands of someone who can make them into something new.

If you want to vote for Taryn’s broken umbrella recycling for 1designperday.com’s Sunday Young Designer Competition, please visit http://www.1designperday.com/2009/12/27/sundayyoungdesigner-3rd-runner-taryn-zychal/.

And if you would like to donate your broken umbrella to Recycling Zychal, please contact her by sending an email to info@recyclingzychal.com or by calling the Recycling Zychal Headquarters at 1-888-472-2912

Happy New Year!


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This wreath is eco-friendly and requires no pine needle clean up

When I saw this wreath, the first thing I thought was “How elegant!” and to tell you the honest truth, I don’t think I’ve ever used the word elegant prior to it to describe something before. Then, when I found out that it cost (literally) less than $5 to make and I could make it while sitting in front of the television, I was sold… oh yeah, and then I found out that it is UPCYCLED from an old book, I nearly dropped everything I was doing to make sure that I put it in my Sexy Upcycling folder.

This wreath is made from an old book, now who doesn’t have one of those that they could stand to put to good use?!

The tutorial is super easy and needs no translation for non crafters, infact, everything you need to make is pictured here:

everything you need to make this wreath is right here, with Loving Charity obviously the variable

(and just fyi for the non crafters spooked out by that weird looking white doughnut shaped thing, it’s a foam wreath, which you can easily pick up at your local dollar store for, you guessed it, a dollar!)

And the best part about finding this project, which was done by Lindsay of Living With Lindsay is that she entered it into the Michael’s Handmade Holiday’s Contest where she could win a trip to see the Martha Stewart Show if she gets one of the best ratings and I can’t even IMAGINE a better project to win! As a fellow designer and someone who attended a taping of the Martha Stewart Show earlier this fall*, it was an absolute inspiration and honor to see the queen of all-things-craft in action and I want to help Lindsey get to see her too! Martha would LOVE this project, I know it, it screams Martha and it also screams Sexy Upcycling. What else can you really upcycle an old book into that is as stylish and as relevant as this? On top of all of that, it really beats having to clean up pine needles from the floor when the poor pine wreath starts to die and I hate that, it’s like the beginning of the end of the holidays, but this book wreath is stylish enough to be hung up all year around (I have different seasonal variations racing through my head as we speak) (…and I’m not even a wreath person!)

So let’s all help Lindsey get to Martha Stewart! All you have to do is go to her project and give it 5 stars! No signing up for a newsletter, no user name and password registration verification hob-snob bee- ess, just a click!

Good luck Lindsey, I’m rooting for your Sexy Upcycled Book Wreath and I can’t wait to make my very own!

*my Martha Stewart geek moment: When I went to see Martha, I was actually backstage with a colleague who invited me with her to the show and I saw Martha Stewart doing YOGA about an hour before the show started and I was in awe over her Viparita Karani for about 3 hours afterward… and heres a picture I took of one of the closets… <333

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Win a custom made, eco-friendly, cruelty-free Upcycled Umbrella HOOD from Recycling Zychal!

Philadelphia’s broken umbrella elite, Recycling Zychal and Better Off Soaked, have joined forces to put together an amazing photo caption contest and the prize is a Sexy Upcycled Umbrella HOOD! The HOOD is the epitome of Sexy Upcycling, and takes landfill bound broken umbrellas and gives them a stylish new life as a modern day babushka!

The rules for the contest are simple, just visit the Better Off Soaked Blog and write a caption for one or all of the broken umbrella photos for the contest. Create and leave your captions from now until Midnight, Sunday, November 29th and then you, the readers and caption makers, will determine the winner by voting for the favorite caption on Monday and Tuesday! Get your friends and family involved, it could make an interesting Thanksgiving dinner conversation (imagine your father grumbling about those crazy broken umbrella collecting hippies). The winner gets a fully customized Upcycled Umbrella HOOD from Recycling Zychal!


Thank you to all that participate and good luck!


Oh and a big big big thank you to the folks at Stylestance who helped make this contest and partnership possible by featuring both Recycling Zychal and Better Off Soaked on their daily style blog!



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