Necessity facilitates innovation, instigating new creations at a progressive speed. Nothing brings about as much need today as that to limit our contribution to climate destruction. One means of doing this persists through the elimination of waste. While waste reduction is often achieved by implementing sensible habits, such as limiting consumption and recycling, there remains an abundance of existing ‘waste’ that needs to be utilized and kept out of landfills. Thus, more designers are using climate change as inspiration to fuel new ideas and concepts in their work.
Existing businesses are implementing greener practices. Additionally, new businesses are sprouting up that have been founded on eco-friendly ideals. The widespread adoption of online storefronts make boutique, up-cycled fashion accessible. This enables you to dress sensibly without putting your own hands to work.
Because niche and luxury designers center on the creation of custom, one of a kind pieces, the use of rare and found objects is becoming especially evident in boutique and specialty shops. Thus, some artisans use recycled materials solely, as beyond waste reduction it ensures the uniqueness of an item. Furthermore, many vintage items are of a higher quality than the cheap, mass-produced materials found in most superstores. And can otherwise be easily refinished.
Other designers, like Shamrocks and Thistle, use new materials but incorporate vintage items into a majority of their designs. The materials that aren’t recycled come from vendors who are over-stocked and would otherwise toss their inventory.
Online Social Marketplaces
Beyond privately owned businesses, plenty of users on online marketplaces, like Etsy, have begun making their own lines of refashioned jewelry. Browsing just a page or so of these sites gives one the feeling that they’re witnessing a second coming of the arts and crafts movement. Only the modern wave brings about higher social implications. And if it is possible, despite the prolific applications of both arts and crafts and art nouveau styles, the up-cycling movement has thus far seeped into more sectors of society, serving greater functions beyond aesthetic intrigue.
Thrift-store & Do-It-Yourself Projects
If you’d still rather create your own pieces, but are unsure of where to start, visit social sites like Pinterest for inspiration.The imaginative uses are never-ending, with jewelry ideas that ingeniously incorporate items such as chess pieces, domestic fixtures, and soda tabs – sometimes all at once – yet manage to make them look spectacular. And, more importantly, like something you would actually want to wear.
Once you’re brimming with ideas, you can equip yourself with materials for reuse in one of a few ways. It is often best to scrounge around your home before searching anywhere else. You’ll often find you already have scores of little treasures and staple pieces waiting to be put to good use.
If you wish to branch out into slightly less familiar territory, there are plenty of thrift and resale shops you can inspect, from antique stores to tech shops selling refurbished computer parts.
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