Up-Fuse | Plastic Upcycling into cool, functional accessories
Up-Fuse is a social enterprise, based in Cairo, that promotes a sustainable and eco-conscious lifestyle.
Up-fuse was founded in 2013 by Rania Rafie and Yara Yassin in Berlin, Germany. Both Egyptian product designers are crazy about traveling and sustainability, so they decided to use their passion for design and their aversion of over-consumption to come up with a holistic approach that supports local communities, while raising environmental awareness and decreasing waste; turning challenges into opportunities.
They had me at #couture & #upcycling! Viktor & Rolf have just made me ecstatic with their stunning upcycled ball gown collection! Taking pieces of old and damaged gowns—they created magic!
From the article:
.. the designers were inspired by Kintsugi, a type of Japanese pottery where broken pieces are repaired and dusted with gold or silver to show that imperfections are valorized. It’s the second chapter of the duo’s recycling saga, since for last season’s show they reimagined pieces from their archives and turned them into recycled glory.
#CoutureCollage is my next big word to promote upcycling!
re:down is a company I can get behind! They recycle down to go back into clothing! For years, this process had been too difficult with little return on investment.
From the article—
Washing the down requires a lot of water and energy. For this reason, the factory in Hungary was built in a location where water springs up from the ground at a temperature of 38 degrees. “We thus use less energy and spare additional costs,” says Firmann.
Does recycling down really help? TreeHugger has a good overview of how recycling down would help consumers make more ethical decisions.
By transforming the perception of recycled down, moving it from a position of being less desirable into a position of being ethical and eco-friendly—brands like Re:Down, Nau, and Ternua are changing the way we think about upcycled textiles. If we can accept that wearing a material that might have covered someone else’s sleeping body isn’t degrading, but rather desirable and responsible, one wonders what other materials can be de-stigmatized. Maybe it can help us see more materials as worthy of recycling.
Fast Fashion is akin to fast food. Buying clothes that will only last a season contributes to our textile waste and more CO2 production. By 2013, 97 percent of apparel sold in America was made overseas, according to the American Apparel & Footwear Association.
#Makers and #sustainably sourced materials create #slowfashion. We need to learn how to mend, make, and re-fashion our clothing. Quality is embedded in the process when we know where the materials are coming from.
One of my favorite YouTube channels, MonkeySee, gives you the basics to attempt your own slow fashion revolution!
When I am in the doldrums and can’t figure out what to upcycle next—I usually peruse Veranda. The magazine features the most innovative designers working today. Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can read it for free!
Over the break, I also checked out two other inspiring books:
Upcycle 24 Sustainable DIY Projects
I found a wine crate in poor condition over the holiday break. I was struggling to find a use for it. I think a small bench will do! Do you have a found piece that you can’t find a use for? Upcycle it!
Greenpeace is taking on our current “feel good” fashion recycling trend. It is a fallacy to think we can recycle all the textiles we buy. The amount of textiles that are bought and then thrown away due to our #fastfashion lifestyle is enormous.
Fashion brands need to urgently re-think the throwaway business model and produce clothing that’s durable, repairable and fit for re-use. —Kirsten Brodde, the head of Greenpeace’s Detox my Fashion campaign
City of Austin has just the “thing” for you! ShopZeroWaste! We all know the holidays can be overwhelming with choices (and guilt)! If you want to be mindful of your holiday spending this year—LocallyAustin.org is for you! #LocallyAustin is an online searchable database that makes it easy to find #local shops to keep you #zerowaste for the holidays!