Posts Tagged ‘recycling’

I nearly died when I saw this video from our broken umbrella upcycling friends at Recycling Zychal. The video chronicles a black pug named Hurley, who as once afraid of the rain, and how he learned to love rainy walks once he got one of Recycling Zychal’s famous Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coats. It kind of reminds me of an eco-friendly version of Run Spot Run!

And if you are a cat person like me, you can help reduce your cat’s carbon paw print by purchasing one of these super cute Organic Cat Nip Filled Kitty Toys that help raise money for City Kitties Cat Rescue in West Philadelphia, because lets face it: If your cat is going to destroy something, it might as well be GREEN!

$1 from each cat toy purchase goes to City Kitties Cat Rescue in West Philadelphia!

You can purchase Recycling Zychal’s Upcycled Umbrella products on their Etsy store, as well as in Center City Philadelphia at Just Dogs Gourmet on Chestnut Street!

Quick side note: Recycling Zychal is also participating in America Recycles Day by launching a month long initiative to collect broken umbrellas from people all over the country. The difference is that between 11/15 and 12/13, the folks at Recycling Zychal will be making a special limited edition present crafted from the very broken umbrella donated for everyone who donates a broken umbrella to them as a thank you for participating in America Recycles Day. I’ve been given the insiders scoop on what the special present will be, but I’m trying to keep my lips tight!

To donate your broken umbrella or for more info, please go to the Donate A Broken Umbrella page on their website!

To read more about Recycling Zychal’s America Recycles Day Event, head on over to their blog!


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It’s no secret that we love bikes over here at Sexy Upcycling, as you could probably tell when we posted our spirited article about Julien Jaborska‘s awesome reclaimed tire belts a few weeks ago. From Seattle all the way across the Atlantic, we’ve found yet another upcycler who loves bike parts.. AND air mattresses.

i.D. Tube iPod/mp3 player case by KaWeDe

Using equal amounts of stylish graphic and product design, German Design Studio, KaWeDe takes regular upcycling to a whole new level. We love their use of bright, colorful interior linings and super clean photos.

Coin purses made from screenprinted bicycle tubes and lined with bright colorful fabric from KaWeDe

We also loved this key hook made from tire nozzles.

Schlüsselbrett mit Fahrradventilen by KaWeDe keeps your keys in check

KaWeDe’s BuKo Cosmetic Bags are made from an air mattress and can be customized to your liking, approximately 26 x 21 cm.

BuKo Cosmetic Bags by KaWeDe are customizable and made from an old air mattress!

The BUKos can be crafted and stamped with old stamps from biology class. The variations are similar in principle – but each copy is unique and may vary.

BuKo Cosmetic Bag with stamped fish mde from an air mattress

Other products include lanyards, key chains, bike valve magnets and bracelets.

Currently we can only find KaWeDe’s Upcycled Goods on DeWanda which is like an Etsy Store for Europe, but it’s still worth checking out! We hope KaWeDe goes worldwide with their super Sexy Upcycled goods.

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In this election from Treehugger, Green Always Wins! Cast your votes today!

Most of us in the green community love sharing our opinions, ideas and thoughts about environmentally charged issues, so what better way to get the word out there than to vote for your favorite green businesses, services, sites and people in Treehugger’s 2010 Best of Green Readers Choice Awards!

We’ve already casted our votes and were happy to see one of our favorite super sexy upcyclers, Uniform Project, nominated on there for best Style Twitter Feed, and if you know anything about the twittering of Uniform Project, you know that they deserve it for taking the same dress and making it into 321 different outfits and counting! Brilliant!

Besides co-founder, Sheena Matheiken, doing this all to help children in India through the Akankasha Foundation, wearing the same dress over and over and over again and consistently making it look good through her creative use of accessories and donated apparel is truly inspiring. Going back to what fashion icon, Vivienne Westwood, said a few weeks ago, “Stop buying clothes” now seems totally feasible.

I have too many favorite looks from The Uniform Project to name, but here’s a rundown of our faves over here at Sexy Upcycling HQ-

Style created from the same piece of clothing has helped raise over $56k for children in India!

The Uniform Project has been Sexy Upcycling for 321 days to help children in India, VOTE for them in Treehugger's Best of Green!

You can also check out this great video about the whole cause and effort, which translates to 7 minutes of feel good Vimeo-ing! The Uniform Project is very inspiring and definitely has our Sexy Upcycling Stamp of Approval!

The Uniform Project Trailer from The Uniform Project on Vimeo.

So please be sure to vote for them before April 12th and lets get the ball rolling on this movement!

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Brooklyn based upcycling company T.O.M.T has a calling and it’s not just Rodney Allen Trice‘s mission to educate people about Applied Deconstruction in his Dumbo studio, it’s bigger than that. It’s a life long quest to refit the world with objects that seem too difficult to recycle by making them into objects of beauty and reincarnation.

Rodney Allen Trice transforms hub caps into gorgeous fruitbowls!

“…beyond the papers and organic waste bins, lies a whole world of objects that are discarded with no regard. Our vigilante mission has been to recover and reassign the purpose of these objects” says the T.O.M.T website.

Recover and reassign, it sounds like a more militant version of “rescue and repurpose” from our friends over at Recycling Zychal; we became instantly curious and were immediately intrigued.

Absolutely beautiful Copper Plumbing Table is made from, yeah you guessed it, upcycled copper plumbing, yeah REALLY

T.O.M.T’s work is incredible, from the ornate copper plumbing table, to the infamous Shovel Shelf- je’ tame! te’ amo! Ich liebe dich! this is truly Sexy Upcycling at it’s finest.

Watch out for this super Sexy Upcycle Approved Hose Hat by T.O.M.T in the next GaGa video, I have a good feeling about that.

A look into the website and you will see an arrangement of furniture, lighting, travel items home accessories and even a hat fit for the queen of shock pop herself, Lady GaGa made from a water hose. I’m in love.

Oil lamps from old light bulbs, this is so awesomely technologically confused that I could probably write a senior thesis on it, what a *bright* idea 😉

As mentioned earlier, Rodney Allen Trice does teach his craft to students that sign up for his in depth, very personal-one on one styled classes to get those dumpster diving juices-a-flowin’! Read more about the Applied Deconstruction class here.

“I believe we all must do our part, think beyond just separating plastic, paper, glass,” says Trice. “We must teach ourselves and learn as habit to see more than just a ‘rain shield’ in an umbrella, a ‘dust collector’ in a vacuum and a ‘shoe for our car’ in an old tire. When we do that, the Earth will become a safer place for the children of the 21st century and, from my experience, A LOT MORE FUN, TOO!”-Trice

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Teach your child the joys of upcycling with this DIY Upcycled Napkin Holder tutorial

Now, I’m not going to start singing or anything, but I believe that children are our future, especially when it comes to the environment! If kids learn about upcycling now, incorporate it into their lives and embrace it, we might be in for a big treat in the future, so, naturally when I saw this DIY Upcycled Napkin Holder tutorial on SimpleKidsCraft.com’s YouTube, I was thrilled!

Using an empty Head and Shoulders Shampoo bottle and some household craft supplies, children can make a customizable eco-friendly napkin holder for the house, I LOVE IT! With some creative kids and some dandruff free hair, you can teach your child the joys of turning trash into something beautiful

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Korean artist, Ji Yong Ho, creates amazing upcycled sculptures from busted car and motorcycle tires

Ji Yong Ho’s fascinating and awesome upcycled sculptures made from old tires

University of Oregon student upcycles plastic bags to help Haitians

Upcycle your Ikea tote bag into a rain coat

Flickr page shows you can upcycle just about anything into a clock (like we didn’t already know that)

A must watch: Volkswagen turns recycling into a fun game

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Since 2006, Waste for Life, an organization of all different types of scientists, artists, designers, engineers, architects, educators and co-operatives, has helped some of Argentina’s poorest populations survive while dually promoting environmental awareness and waste prevention, by employing workers to collect plastic waste for recycle and upcycle. Sounds right up our alley!

These upcycled plastic rain boots by Louie Rigano are not only a clear example of Sexy Upcycling, but helps clean up the planet and help the poor as well!

Their recent partnership with RISD was to was to make a hot press to turn the plastic bags collected by the workers in to a synthetic plastic “textile”, then develop products based on that material which hopefully could be returned to the workers to manufacture and make a profit.
These plastic boots by New Jersey based Industrial Design student, Louie Rigano, was one of the products selected for production primarily due to it’s simple construction, utilitarian and functional nature. The plastic material, when fused with cheesecloth, is waterproof, rugged and requires very little material to produce, making it not only a great product that helps the Earth and the less fortunate people of Argentina, but also is very profitable and, in my opinion, quite stylish.

Sexy Upcycling? Most definitely.

I’m starting to think we will all have a pair of upcycled plastic bag shoes in our closets someday. Would you wear them?

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