The other day while reading trinatea’s hub regarding her craigslist memoirs and with the quote “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” I remembered an article I read about a new style that’s emerging – trashion. The portmanteau or blend of the words trash and fashion that is used for any art, fashion, bags, home decors, clothing and even jewelry created from stuffs that have been discarded, thrown-out or rejected by their owners, or even items that clutter your homes and are unused.
One may wonder if trashion is the same as recycling. Trashion is actually similar to upcycling than recycling. Upcycling is using something in its form to make something else while recycling is changing the form before one can make something out of it. Upcycling is making it look better or use it for something else in its original form, say an empty soup can made into a pen holder. On the other hand, when you recycle an item or products then you have to break it done through a process with the help of an equipment into something entirely different from its original form say fabrics from recycled plastic bottles.
It is said that upcycling is more beneficial especially since recycle can use up our resources such as water and power and by-product of waste during the break down of these products could further damage our environment. With upcycling, one can improve the quality of the unused or unwanted trash into something more valuable or of better use to man.
It’s actually unbelievable that some people are so creative and innovative enough to produce something so beautiful from a simple and ordinary thing like a bottle cover or buttons. What’s more they are able to sell it and get a really good price for it.
Though there are some things and trash that should never be upcycled or recycled including light bulbs, pizza boxes, napkins and paper towels, medical sharps like used injection needles, insulin syringes and lancets and other medical products, and batteries. These medical products should be disposed of properly and you need to Google or call to find out the local recycling policy is for such medical instruments and products.
Take a look at these upcycled products – Skirts from old jeans, an old hoodie, a dress made from aluminum soda cans, corset made from bubble wrap, and many more. Bags made new and upgraded from old suits, jeans, and even mosquito nets that are wasting inside your closet. Earring, bracelets, necklace and pendants from trash like bottle caps, beverage aluminum cans, and cream jars, and even pull tabs and resistors. Home decors upcycled from old t-shirts and button-down shirts at the back of your closet, to old doors made into headboard, piano parts as hanging pot and pan rack, there is really a lot that can be done and reused. It is important though to reiterate that before you start research on the waste management policies locally, and do not recycle and upcycle medical sharps and other medical products because these may contain pathogens that may be harmful to the user.
For the creative, artistic, innovative people, if you feel that this is something you can easily do but don’t know where to start, take a look at the etsy community because they have DIY help and you can also sell it there.
Unless otherwise stated, all product photos are from Etsy.com. For details of the item, please check with their website. There are no so many company's that are creating such wonderful products from things that will only go to waste and they should be commended for that. Upcycling is also one thing that can be done by individuals in their homes especially for those who love to hoard, rather than keep it in the stockroom either sell it or create a new fashion from your trash.
Renee (author) on July 11, 2013:
Hi Sophie, if you take a look at the last paragraph it states that:
Unless otherwise stated, all product photos are from Etsy.com. For details of the item, please check with their website.
Sophie on June 22, 2013:
It would be nice if you linked the sellers to the photos you took from their shops. I see at least three images that belong to Brokenghost Couture who I recognized immediately because I own several of her items. It is copyright infringement to use photos without the owner's permission but it's worse when you don't even link to them.
Renee (author) on October 21, 2012:
Thanks Ishwaryaa for appreciating something I really worked hard on. I have to say it was also a learning experience for me because I also thought they were the same words. Yes, it would be great if a lot of people learn these things rather than simply throwing it away, and adding up to the waste. Thanks for the share, the votes and the pin.
Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on October 21, 2012:
Wow! I have learnt a lot from this engaging hub of yours! This is the first time I came to know about the catchy terms 'trashion' and 'upcycling' thanks to you. These two latest terms are the essential keys not only to innovative creativity but also to economical living! A wonderful hub with amazing pictures! Well-done!
Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up, pinned & shared
Renee (author) on April 22, 2012:
Thanks Sannel and Tonette for the lovely comment. Yes, trashion is something that must be learned by people. Rather than buying a new product, we must take a look at what we have and make something out of it. It will certainly encourage our imagination and creativity. Thanks for the vote up, for sharing and take care to both of you.
Tonette Fornillos from The City of Generals on April 20, 2012:
This is beautiful Marie-Renee, thank you. I too enjoy the "trashion" thing. It'something perfect for today's so casual lifestyle, not only to teach recycling but encouraging the value of making the most of what is available. A MUST-read hub!
Voted up up and useful. Take care.
SanneL from Sweden on February 15, 2012:
I love trashion myself! It's a great way to go Green. There are so many ways to upcycle and it's so much fun!
Wonderful hub with useful information. Voted up and I'm Sharing this! Thanks!
Renee (author) on January 29, 2012:
Oh my...thank you so much for that!
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 29, 2012:
Love this Hub! Sharing on FB and others.
Renee (author) on January 29, 2012:
Thanks Rebecca, I know that I replied to your comment already but I don't see it here so I am replying again. I don't want you to think I never read your comment when I value each and every comment I receive.
I didn't also know the difference between the two until I did a research on trashion. The artists and designers are really awesome, really don't know where they get all these ideas.
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 15, 2011:
I love this. I did not realize the difference between upcycling and recycling. Nice projects! voted up and awesome!