Upcycling beyond crafts

What does the future look like? We love this photo, which was part of the Super Crafty Costume Contest this past Halloween.

Crafty and creative people are always looking to repurpose the things around them, but for us here at Recology, upcycling holds a special place, and we are glad it is catching on. Sites like Etsy are helping. Through it, people can set up their own store fronts. Found*Ling, is one example of a store where new things are made from old things. Other examples of upcycled products range from table lamps made from recycled circuit boards to neckties made from cassette tapes. (See Mashable Tech for a full list).

This week, the Sierra Club Green Home reported on the Recologized Tote bag, a brainchild of a Recology San Francisco employee. The bag, made from the old or unused uniforms of Recology San Francisco employees, were created with the idea of utilizing landfill-bound items as “up-cycled” goods for sustainable living. The tote bag can be used as a shopping bag at your local farmers’ market, to run errands or for a day at the beach. The bag was made in collaboration with UPsicle, an SF-based designer who is a member of SFMade. UPsicle specializes in creating unique, water resistant, washable and reusable bags.

Recology has also been working with SFMade, which was founded in 2010, and has as its mission to build and support a vibrant manufacturing sector in San Francisco. It is the only organization of its kind focused on building San Francisco’s economic base through these means, and currently supports more than 200 local manufacturers who collectively sustain more than 2,500 jobs in San Francisco. This month, SFMade and the Banana Republic are launching the first SFMade Pop-Up shop at the Banana Republic’s flagship store on Grant St. Their collaboration supports independent, San Francisco-based apparel and accessories companies.

With our 90+ year roots in reusing and recycling what others have thought of as “garbage” we are excited to continue to recover everything we can from landfills. This is what we mean by WASTE ZERO.

4 Responses to “Upcycling beyond crafts

  • Thank you so much for linking to our story on Recology’s tote bags!
    Please note, however, that we are Sierra Club Green Home– an affiliated but separate organization from the Sierra Club. Please update this on your post.

    Best,
    J. Blalack
    Social Media Manager
    Sierra Club Green Home
    jblalack@scgh.com

    • Berlynn
      8 years ago

      A provociatve insight! Just what we need!

    • Aritlces like this just make me want to visit your website even more.

  • Free konweldge like this doesn’t just help, it promote democracy. Thank you.

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