Upcycle or refashion
Upcycling is the latest environmental buzz word but what does it mean?
The dictionary definition states it’s – ‘reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.’
Although we’re not sure the dictionary really does it justice; as upcycling takes the unwanted and with a bit of imagination can transform it into something beautiful. Just like magic! Whether it’s an old jumper into a laptop case, a fire hose in to a belt or a coffee sack in to a re-usable bag.
These lovely upcycled bags were given away in one of our competitions. One is made using an old coffee sack and the other offcuts of recycled leather.
Just search online for images of upcycled clothes and see the fantastic creations that are only limited by imagination. Here’s just one of the online guides featuring designers that work with upcycled fashion. Yes, some of the creations are very expensive but there’s also a lot out there that is affordable on a budget.
You may also hear people call it refashioning, which usually refers to the clothes side of upcycling. Either way that old dress can get a whole new lease of life with just a few small alterations. Gema from the blog Sequins and Slippers explains in this video clip that you don’t need to be a skilled sower to make some quick and easy alterations. Gema gives talks about refashioning at some of our Swishes.
If you’ve upcycled something, post us a picture on our Facebook account – we’d love to see it.