Trashion - The New Fashion In Trash

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.

teamecoetsy furniture on Etsy
teamecoetsy furniture on Etsy

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.

teamecoetsy glass on Etsy, a global handmade and vintage marketplace
teamecoetsy glass on Etsy, a global handmade and vintage marketplace

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.

Trashion Clothing

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Bohemian Jacket Women's Upcycled Clothing Fringe Blazer Gray Blue Bell Sleeves Shabby Chic Eco Fashion Large 'MAISIE'Ladies Bohemian Jacket Fringe Blazer Denim Multicolor Boho Shabby Chic Women's Upcycled Clothing Upcycled Jeans and Neckties Skirt WITH Necktie Belt - Womens Upcycled ClothingBeige Upcycled Mini Skirt Women's Clothing - made from old hoodieUpcycled Skirt - Brown and RedUpcycled Lilac & Pink Patchwork Silk Scarf Dress from the Envirolution Club’s innovative Trashion Showdesigned by students, made from recycled aluminium soda cansA bubble wrap corset with bubble wrap angel wings.Designed by students from Renaissance College, made from discarded Chinese Lai See packets.UPCYCLED PETTICOAT Slip Skirt
Bohemian Jacket Women's Upcycled Clothing Fringe Blazer Gray Blue Bell Sleeves Shabby Chic Eco Fashion Large 'MAISIE'
Bohemian Jacket Women's Upcycled Clothing Fringe Blazer Gray Blue Bell Sleeves Shabby Chic Eco Fashion Large 'MAISIE'
Ladies Bohemian Jacket Fringe Blazer Denim Multicolor Boho Shabby Chic Women's Upcycled Clothing
Ladies Bohemian Jacket Fringe Blazer Denim Multicolor Boho Shabby Chic Women's Upcycled Clothing
Upcycled Jeans and Neckties Skirt WITH Necktie Belt - Womens Upcycled Clothing
Upcycled Jeans and Neckties Skirt WITH Necktie Belt - Womens Upcycled Clothing
Beige Upcycled Mini Skirt Women's Clothing - made from old hoodie
Beige Upcycled Mini Skirt Women's Clothing - made from old hoodie
Upcycled Skirt - Brown and Red
Upcycled Skirt - Brown and Red
Upcycled Lilac & Pink Patchwork Silk Scarf Dress
Upcycled Lilac & Pink Patchwork Silk Scarf Dress
from the Envirolution Club’s innovative Trashion Show
from the Envirolution Club’s innovative Trashion Show
designed by students, made from recycled aluminium soda cans
designed by students, made from recycled aluminium soda cans | Source
A bubble wrap corset with bubble wrap angel wings.
A bubble wrap corset with bubble wrap angel wings. | Source
Designed by students from Renaissance College, made from discarded Chinese Lai See packets.
Designed by students from Renaissance College, made from discarded Chinese Lai See packets. | Source
UPCYCLED PETTICOAT Slip Skirt
UPCYCLED PETTICOAT Slip Skirt

Trashion Bags

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DOLLY - 100% Recycled Upcycled Suit Tote BagVENEZIA - 100% Recycled Upcycled Suit Tote Baghandbag tote from recycled suitsLarge Suede Upcycled Toterecycled men's suitUpcycled Tote, made from recycled jean materialTrashy Bags made from little plastic bags or sachets. Trashy Bags made from little plastic bags or sachets. Smateria Crocheted Recycled Plastic Bag & Mosqito Net Bag - BlackSmateria Recycled Mosquito Net Orange BackpackSmateria Recycled Mosquito Net Pink Flower ToteModual bag - made form reused PVC from old movie/advertising bannersModual bag - made form reused PVC from old movie/advertising bannersModulab tote bag made from the banner of the movie 27 Dresses
DOLLY - 100% Recycled Upcycled Suit Tote Bag
DOLLY - 100% Recycled Upcycled Suit Tote Bag
VENEZIA - 100% Recycled Upcycled Suit Tote Bag
VENEZIA - 100% Recycled Upcycled Suit Tote Bag
handbag tote from recycled suits
handbag tote from recycled suits
Large Suede Upcycled Tote
Large Suede Upcycled Tote
recycled men's suit
recycled men's suit
Upcycled Tote, made from recycled jean material
Upcycled Tote, made from recycled jean material
Trashy Bags made from little plastic bags or sachets.
Trashy Bags made from little plastic bags or sachets. | Source
Trashy Bags made from little plastic bags or sachets.
Trashy Bags made from little plastic bags or sachets. | Source
Smateria Crocheted Recycled Plastic Bag & Mosqito Net Bag - Black
Smateria Crocheted Recycled Plastic Bag & Mosqito Net Bag - Black
Smateria Recycled Mosquito Net Orange Backpack
Smateria Recycled Mosquito Net Orange Backpack
Smateria Recycled Mosquito Net Pink Flower Tote
Smateria Recycled Mosquito Net Pink Flower Tote
Modual bag - made form reused PVC from old movie/advertising banners
Modual bag - made form reused PVC from old movie/advertising banners | Source
Modual bag - made form reused PVC from old movie/advertising banners
Modual bag - made form reused PVC from old movie/advertising banners | Source
Modulab tote bag made from the banner of the movie 27 Dresses
Modulab tote bag made from the banner of the movie 27 Dresses | Source

Trashion Jewelry

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Bottle Cap EarringsCoca Cola EarringsUpcycled Earrings, Silver Pull Tabs with Brown and Beige ResistorsNautical Bottle Cap Earrings, Teal and Yellow Upcycled Shark, DolphinNoxzema bottle earringsCoca Cola bottle cap braceletUpcycled Wine Cork Jewelry- Green & Yellow Recycled Glass Bead BraceletTrash To Treasure Necklace Secret Garden OOAKkeyboard end key necklaceUpcycled Button Pendant in Neutral BrownSprite bottle cap necklaceVintage Beer Bottle Ring
Bottle Cap Earrings
Bottle Cap Earrings
Coca Cola Earrings
Coca Cola Earrings
Upcycled Earrings, Silver Pull Tabs with Brown and Beige Resistors
Upcycled Earrings, Silver Pull Tabs with Brown and Beige Resistors
Nautical Bottle Cap Earrings, Teal and Yellow Upcycled Shark, Dolphin
Nautical Bottle Cap Earrings, Teal and Yellow Upcycled Shark, Dolphin
Noxzema bottle earrings
Noxzema bottle earrings
Coca Cola bottle cap bracelet
Coca Cola bottle cap bracelet
Upcycled Wine Cork Jewelry- Green & Yellow Recycled Glass Bead Bracelet
Upcycled Wine Cork Jewelry- Green & Yellow Recycled Glass Bead Bracelet
Trash To Treasure Necklace Secret Garden OOAK
Trash To Treasure Necklace Secret Garden OOAK
keyboard end key necklace
keyboard end key necklace
Upcycled Button Pendant in Neutral Brown
Upcycled Button Pendant in Neutral Brown
Sprite bottle cap necklace
Sprite bottle cap necklace
Vintage Beer Bottle Ring
Vintage Beer Bottle Ring
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Upcycled antique table made from sewing machine and piano partsUpcycled hanging pot and pan rack created from antique piano partsUpcycled Wine Bottle Candle Holders. Set Of Three.Paper garbagRecycled post consumer bottle ruffled bowl.Custom t-shirt or jeans fabric bowl.Scrabble key chainMemory Pillow Made from Upcycled Men's ShirtUpcycled T Shirt Round Area RugUpcycled Shag T-shirt Rug, Cotton Candy ColoredT-Shirt Quilt Blanket - Custom Made - 9 Block DesignGreen with Envy, My Boyfriend's Shirt - White Cotton Hand Towels with Ruffles and Millinery Flowers - Set of TwoUpcycled Beer Can Christmas OrnamentsUpcycled Vintage Door Headboard Shabby Chic
Upcycled antique table made from sewing machine and piano parts
Upcycled antique table made from sewing machine and piano parts
Upcycled hanging pot and pan rack created from antique piano parts
Upcycled hanging pot and pan rack created from antique piano parts
Upcycled Wine Bottle Candle Holders. Set Of Three.
Upcycled Wine Bottle Candle Holders. Set Of Three.
Paper garbag
Paper garbag
Recycled post consumer bottle ruffled bowl.
Recycled post consumer bottle ruffled bowl.
Custom t-shirt or jeans fabric bowl.
Custom t-shirt or jeans fabric bowl.
Scrabble key chain
Scrabble key chain
Memory Pillow Made from Upcycled Men's Shirt
Memory Pillow Made from Upcycled Men's Shirt
Upcycled T Shirt Round Area Rug
Upcycled T Shirt Round Area Rug
Upcycled Shag T-shirt Rug, Cotton Candy Colored
Upcycled Shag T-shirt Rug, Cotton Candy Colored
T-Shirt Quilt Blanket - Custom Made - 9 Block Design
T-Shirt Quilt Blanket - Custom Made - 9 Block Design
Green with Envy, My Boyfriend's Shirt - White Cotton Hand Towels with Ruffles and Millinery Flowers - Set of Two
Green with Envy, My Boyfriend's Shirt - White Cotton Hand Towels with Ruffles and Millinery Flowers - Set of Two
Upcycled Beer Can Christmas Ornaments
Upcycled Beer Can Christmas Ornaments
Upcycled Vintage Door Headboard Shabby Chic
Upcycled Vintage Door Headboard Shabby Chic
teamecoetsy jewelry on Etsy, a global handmade and vintage marketplace.
teamecoetsy jewelry on Etsy, a global handmade and vintage marketplace.

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.

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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I love this. I did not realize the difference between upcycling and recycling. Nice projects! voted up and awesome!


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Marie-Renee 4 years ago Author

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.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Love this Hub! Sharing on FB and others.


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Marie-Renee 4 years ago Author

Oh my...thank you so much for that!


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

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!


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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals

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.


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Marie-Renee 4 years ago Author

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.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

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


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Marie-Renee 4 years ago Author

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.


Sophie 3 years ago

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.


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Marie-Renee 3 years ago Author

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.

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