Earlier this year the Chicago Department of Aviation changed the size of banner advertisements allowed at Chicago O’Hare, which meant that more than 20 United banners were unusable. Our Eco-Skies team saw this as an opportunity to “upcycle” the materials rather than throw them away. The practice of upcycling allows us to repurpose materials in a creative way to create something truly one of a kind.
via United Hub – Travel in sustainable style with a United upcycle travel bag – News.
Brothers Attila (l) and Levente Magyar of Mamukko, upcycling the sails of sunken tall ship Astrid into designer bags
In these recessionary times, the idea of upcycling is something that has universal appeal. Attila and Levente Magyar, fourth-generation craft-workers from Hungary, turned to the idea when they were out of work two years ago.
They set about making handcrafted bags from sailcloth, PVC tarpaulin and other materials and have gone on to build a successful business, winning a start-up award. “The business is growing dynamically,” says Attila. “Upcycling is a nicely ripening fruit — and it’s sweet.”
That kind of transformation is at the heart of a new upcycling movement that has inspired a range of Irish businesses to make money by refashioning old, unwanted things into new and improved products.
There’s Tom Smith the roofer/crafter from Carlow who turns old scaffolding into furniture (www.slatycraft.com); metal workers The Liffey Forge, which make wine racks, umbrella stands and hanging baskets from old horseshoes (www.liffeyforge.com); Belfast Rain (www.therainskirt.com), the company that turns discarded musical-festival tents into designer skirts that start at €50.
via From landfill to living room: the upcycling revolution – Independent.ie.
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The Upcycle Challenge
We’re on a mission to collect one million bike tubes by the end of 2014. Thanks to awesome partnerships with Trek, REI and hundreds of independent bike shops nationwide, we’re well on our way. With Ag, your old tubes can become an upcycled and stylish messenger bag, wallet or belt.
Alchemy Goods from Chris McElroy on Vimeo.
via Cool Bags, Handmade in Seattle using Upcycled Products – Alchemy Goods.
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I like to think that rePACK bags are more than just a way to carry things from point A to B. Each bag is made up of materials hand picked from local junkyards. All the pieces are cleaned and cut down to size. I then hand-pick the pieces that go into each bag, making each bag indisputably unique. I then give the pieces to my friend Harry, who operates a company that has been in the leather business over 60 years! When I get them back I inspect each bag and give the seams and straps a few tugs to make sure everything has been constructed correctly and meets my high quality specifications.
via rePACK – BAGS AND ACCESSORIES FROM CARS by David Miller-Hershon — Kickstarter.