thee Mission

"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! Reduce-Reuse-Recycle. Simple. Got it? Do it! Recycling is wonderful and at this point in time everything should be recycable but there's also something more we can do. It doesn't start with an "R" though, it'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 (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 I've based on its meaning: an action or event that revives a failing enterprise. Basically revitalizing old things i.e. 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. All designed and sewn up by yours truly.

Thee Kiss of Life is the result of my ever growing Eco-conscious attitude.

I feel terrible throwing out clothes and you should too.

That's one reason why I don't throw out clothing and instead either pass it onto someone else, donate it to a local organization or find it 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).

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 whatever else I deem worthy of sharing.

Most, if not all my upcycled bags take more than two materials or items so with these old 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.

Thank you for reading!


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