"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
The Native American knew what's up and we all should too. It's really not that hard...just remember the three R's, no not reading, writing and arithmetic but the three R's of the environment! (Ten points for me, you see how that all rhymed a little?) Reduce-Reuse-Recycle. Simple. Got it? Do it! Recycling is wonderful but there's actually something more we can do. It doesn't start with an "R" but it is taking something to a new level and that's Upcycling.
"Recycling means to turn waste into a reusable product or to refurbish a product for reuse. Upcycling, a particular form of recycling, involves turning waste material or an unwanted product into a better-quality product." Melanie J. Martin, Demand Media (Recycling vs. Upcycling)
Now that you know exactly what I'm talking about, allow me to introduce myself and my little Eco-mission in life. My name is Nalin (that's pronounced nay-LYN), an artisan, a fellow Earthican (that's right we are all one race and that's human). I like to give old clothes and things thee Kiss of Life. Which is based on its meaning: an action or event that revives a failing enterprise. So revitalizing old things or rather upcycling. It is mainly through Etsy that I'm able to make my creations available to the world. My creations are revitalized and for you to utilize, in the form of clothing or bags and other random neat things but mostly bags.
Thee Kiss of Life is the result of my ever growing Eco-conscious attitude. I feel terrible throwing out clothes so I don't and instead either pass them onto someone else, donate to charity or find them a new purpose. Clothes may not be the first thing that comes to mind when speaking of recycling but it is certainly no less important. Especially since fast fashion has made clothes very disposable. It's saddening but I digress...unless, you want to know what I mean? Yeah you do! Check out this article- 'Fast clothes' versus 'green clothes' by Elisabeth Rosenthal and/or watch The True Cost documentary, to find out who pays the price for our clothing).
Anyway I really do hope that my items serve as examples or even inspiration for what can be done with what we already have. In this blog, I will share whatever I can about my upcycling and sewing work, some recipes here and there and everything else in between.
Most if not all my upcycled bags take more than two materials or items so with these before and after photos, you can get an idea of what things were and see what they are now. Some of the items in the photos are what make up the inside lining of a bag, in case you can't tell how it's being used. You can also see that these are photos I've used for my Etsy shop's About page, here. I hope you enjoy thee transformations