Friday, May 16, 2008
That's my new favorite word: upcycling. It's about taking something that's considered trash and making it into something totally cool or beautiful or all of the above combined with useful. I first heard the word from Virginia Fleck. I thought she made it up. I thought perhaps it was inspired by her amazing mandalas made from plastic bags but but she said she got it from someone else. Regardless of where it comes from, the word AND the concept should definitely be spread far and wide.
At Future Craft Collective's after school club Kathie came up with a great upcycling project for the girls using plastic grocery bags. The thing was, when Kathie went to her cupboard to find plastic grocery bags, the cupboard was bare. When she called me, same thing. She had to search a few houses before she stumbled upon a stash and that alone seemed like a good sign. The fact that most of the people we know are no longer amassing huge piles of plastic bags means there is definitely a shift.
But the bags she did find were definitely happy to be discovered. And the girls in the club were happy too. Check out this amazing little snap purse made by my own ten year old daughter and gifted to me at the end of the class. I love this thing and it is seemingly rather durable as well. I've tossed it around quite a bit in the past couple of weeks and it is still not only looking real good but holding up nicely too.
I love recycling and reusing and reducing and man oh man do I love upcycling too.