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Upcycling Business

The concept of upcycling makes a lot of cents.  Why spend money and resources on something new (expensive, wasteful) when a perfectly good alternative already exists (cheap resourceful)?  While this idea spreads through the global community and indivduals begin to benefit, business has begun to see the value in the old.  Everyone from green cleaning companies to fashion designers to artists and now even cell phone companies are seeing the green, in going green.

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    Emiliana Knickers is a little enterprise in England turning old stretch clothing like T-shirts, dresses, or fabric samples into lovely new underpants. EmmaThese knickers are... More »

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Join the Trashure Campaign! Last Updated on 2012-04-02 00:00:00 The Upcycling Initiative Oaxaca is starting an exciting new partnership with the Kaospilots program in Denmark. Five amazing students are coming to Oaxaca to help us determine the viability of the Upcycling Initiative moving to the next level in the small community of San Sebastián Teitipac. We are raising some funds to support the collaboration. Please support our Indiegogo fundraising campaign to help this collaboration happen! Click here to see the awesome campaign page and SPREAD THE WORD! Click here to see the video! Here's some more info: Our Story: Turning trash into treasure (Trashure!) is our mission. Waste is the most abundant resource available on the planet. It literally is everywhere. How can we make use of it and create value for everyone involved? Every day, people everywhere churn out mountains of plastic and non-biodegradable waste which threaten to eclipse our... More »
matter! where art and sustainability hang together Last Updated on 2011-06-12 00:00:00 matter! is a contemporary fine art gallery featuring original artworks from over 100 artists using recycled and reclaimed materials; sculpture, garden art, furniture, lighting, jewelry, paintings and other wall art. If you have questions about an artwork or artist, need help buying a gift, or want to learn about artworks on the way, email or call! And if you're anywhere near Olympia, WA - come visit! We're open everyday. Check out a slideshow of some of the stuff at matter! To shop now, you can browse by category or by artist on the matter! website. Have fun! matter! was started by these fascinating people: Owner & General Manager: Jo Gallaugher Jo has 20 years business experience and a long-standing love for artworks incorporating reclaimed materials. She holds an MBA from University of California Irvine, and a BA in Political Science from University of Washington. Jo has... More »
Emiliana Underware Last Updated on 2011-06-12 00:00:00 Emiliana Knickers is a little enterprise in England turning old stretch clothing like T-shirts, dresses, or fabric samples into lovely new underpants. EmmaThese knickers are handmade at home on my domestic sewing machine and are made by upcycling clothing and fabrics, then trimming them with stretch lace, ribbons and bows.  All styles are cut from professional knicker patterns made by Emma through knowledge gained from 9 years experience in the Lingerie industry, and so each pair has a professional look, fit and finish that rivals any highstreet equivalent. Check out Emiliana's website. She even has a little kit she sales so that you can make your own panties. Here's what Emma says about their Holistic Underware policy: An integrated, holistic approach to what we wear, who we are and how we view and understand our world. Emiliana Underwear will always be... More »
Conserve India Upcycles the 2010 Commonwealth Games Last Updated on 2010-11-24 00:00:00 In 2007, Australian sustainability professional, Liz Franzmann, was introduced to Anita and Shalabh Ahuja from Conserve India while lecturing on sustainable events at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. During their conversation a seed of an idea was born: could they promote upcycling by making special products out of Commonwealth Games waste? Although they all went back to their respective lives in Delhi and Melbourne, they remained in contact and the idea stayed with them. In 2010, Liz successfully applied for an Australian Government Endeavor Award to help Conserve India turn the idea into a reality. Why this project? Why now? Around the world there is an increasing need to address the environmental impacts of human consumption. Upcycling organisations across the globe are responding to this challenge. Major sporting events are a powerful platform for demonstrating... More »
The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse Last Updated on 2010-09-20 00:00:00 Wow! Here's an amazing non-profit organization and great source of waste materials in Berkley that's been flying the upcycling flag since 1979! Great site, great resource for all those upcycling practitioners in the Bay Area . . . The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse is an ecological treasure trove of art & craft materials, educational supplies, vintage furniture, home décor, paper goods, fabric, and much more. Founded in 1979 by two Oakland public school teachers, the Depot promotes solid waste diversion and resource conservation through the Depot store and environmental education programs The mission of the East Bay Depot is to divert waste materials from landfills by collecting and redistributing discarded goods as low-cost supplies for art, education, and social services in our Depot Store. The educational mission is to increase the awareness of school children and the... More »