Thursday, November 12, 2009

Upcycling and Etsy on the Today Show this morning!

I was very excitedto be reading this all over Twitter this morning, and thought I'd share it with ya'll!

Bobbie Thomas: Environmental concerns have inspired style-savvy individuals to be creative with old items and materials, resulting in fabulous fresh fashion ideas that also reduce waste. From making reusable bags out of old duvet covers to using cassette tapes to create neckties, and even turning your ex’s jeans into a brand-new tote, it’s time to look at your everyday items in a whole new light! These designers and brands are bound to inspire you to upcycle what’s old rather than discarding it.
Bobbie Thomas, TODAY Style editor and author of the Buzz column for In Touch Weekly, shows you how to update your wardrobe while helping to prevent waste.

Community crafts

And last but not least, one of the largest platforms for upcycled goods is, an online marketplace that connects shoppers with independent creators and designers of handmade goods. More than 3.3 million buyers and sellers are using to either find or sell handmade and reworked vintage items. And with amazing designs like Giant Dwarf’s headpieces made from recycled sweaters, Another Feather’s adornments made from discarded timepieces and more, SpoonerZ’s jewelry made from old silverware, Zippinning’s flower brooches made from vintage zippers and Sparrow Nest Knits made from recycled plastic bottles, it’s easy to understand why. These handmade items are haute!

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