- Arts and Design
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.
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.
Trashion ClothingClick thumbnail to view full-size
Trashion BagsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Trashion JewelryClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.