I am back from my Miss Scuba International adventure. It was a great experience on so many levels. Before giving you all the details, I would love to tackle a concept the is very important to me: upcycling
The concept of converting material that would be disposed into valuable items is quite clever.
‘Cacao Core: Boil until water get colored. Filter and add milk or lemon. Aguirre Town, Carabobo City, Venezuela
In South America, to avoid wasting food, we prepare dishes based on this concept. For example, cake made from old bread (Bread Cake) or tea from cacao core. I have also seen how a clever industry in Venezuela turns unwanted metal into cheese-graders and other useful items.
Welcome to the upgraded version of recycling. I discovered there are simple and very chic ways to introduce this concept in my life. Just every time I need an item, I search upcycled options.
I was positively surprised. In some cases, I got inspired to upcycle some of my own garments. For example, I joined the sewing cafe (Nähkaffee in Jena) and refreshed my clothing instead of buying new one.
Also, I got some fresh shirts I needed from second-hand markets, one from the city and one called The Happy Market. Additionally, I bought upcycled products in local shops or online.
I was introduced to this shop by my boyfriend.
I love their motto:
‘Turning what would-be trash into useful items’.
I needed a medium-sized wallet, where I could fit coins, money and my cards. Upcycling Deluxe sponsored me my favorite item: a money bag made from a robust cement sac.
I was surprised to find such beautiful logos on cement sacs. I am happy the resistant material and print are not being wasted.
This shop is also online. You can buy their items and ship them to 38 different countries! Quite handy when your loved ones are spread all over the world.
From left to right: belt from bicycle tire, giraffe from flip flops, key-book to hold your keys and a vinyl-record bag
Special occasion and you need to suit up?
During a get-together at home I got introduced to aluc. It is a clever brand using ‘waste’ fabrics. aluc offers shirts with changeable collars, that personalize your garment. To get to know more about this brand and the great team behind it, watch this 2 min. clip
I needed a new passport wallet
Walking in my city my attention was caught by gorgeous neon bags. BAG TO LIFE uses discharged airplane life jackets. By law, airlines have to exchange them every five years to guarantee optimal conditions. This means that extremely resistant fabric would go to waste.
BAG to LIFE rescue them and use them for items that require resistant materials, such as BAGS. A resistant material was important to protect my identity document.
Besides, I learned so much about airplane life jackets. I even had the chance to try one on.
During traveling, it was perfect to have a neon bag for my passport. For the first time, I found it extremely fast in every check point.
During another wandering day in my city I saw a new shop promoting handmade products
At this shop, a brand I love was exhibited: Scientia Apparel. Following the idea that clothing express who we are and reveal a part of our identity, this new brand is for ‘nature lovers who appreciate facts and want to dress wisely‘.
Next, I needed it a wallet, after being robed in a train (don`t ask me how…maybe falling asleep contributed to the situation). This time I was obsessed with getting the smallest wallet possible to avoid carrying weight. At Fraulein Meier shop I found the perfect item for me.
It is a money bag made from the Tobacco package. This is quite clever since Tobacco packages are kind of impermeable and resistant.
HERR HAASE is the artist behind this upcycling idea. At the moment he is creating new art, and bags from coffee sacs.
You can also find his art in Facebook
SOUTH AMERICA & the CARIBBEAN
During the Miss Scuba International I had the pleasure to wear an upcycling garment inspired by the colorful Venezuelan`s nature, and created just for me. Miss Arianna Mayela Paredes Dugarte and origami innovator Mrs. Freddy Umbría are the two Venezuelan`s designers behind this unique dress.
Miss Arianna Mayela continuously grows her design knowledge. She have been giving fashion design workshops oriented to youth and running a second hand shop.
Mrs. Freddy Umbría has been using the ancient Japanese art of Origami to challenge the production of diverse items: from furniture to jewelry. By doing so, he saves material. Not just that, Freddy Umbría has been teaching his techniques for many years at a graphic design center. His student`s projects have won competitions and were awarded many times.
Together they would love to run an Eco-Fashion atelier, the first one in Caracas.
Because we also eat through the skin!
Another upcycling brand gave me ‘JUST WHAT U NEED’. An organic product that will moisturize my skin and hair while washing it. It is made from organic oils. These oils are extracted from coconut, coffee and cacao remains, not used by the organic farms that produced them. What I love the must from this product is that, It HAS ZERO NASTIES! Once I take a shower, use it, and remove it with water, it will not affect the environment, especially the Ocean!
I desperately needed it!
Lucky me, during my time at Miss Scuba International I learned about this great brand created by gorgeous and talented Miss Guadalupe (Miss Jasmina Legros)
Finally, I want to talk to you about an art project I discovered while wondering around Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Using disposed fabric, Abayomi creates gorgeous puppets depicting Brazil`s traditions . They are made completely of knots of fabric, no glue or extra material is needed. I had a nice brooch of a tiny male puppet dress in bright blue… this bright accessory made me very happy during the dark winter… until one day I lost it.
I hope the brooch is enjoying a better life attached to another person. Unfortunately, they do not sell it online… but well, we can get inspired and make it our self 🙂
If you have someone passing by Rio you might be able to get one for you (and please one for me too). It is not a necessary item, but WOW how it made me smile.
Do you have a favorite Upcycling item? Please let me know all about it by dropping a comment!