This month, we have celebrated sustainability. We encouraged our readers to go green with their lifestyle, travel to eco-friendly locations, and turn their trash into treasures with DIY projects. But, sometimes, you might just want to buy something already made! This is where upcycled designs come in. There are many wonderful artists out there who sell affordable handcrafted repurposed art. They make everything from jewelry, furniture, clothing, accessories, household goodies, art, containers, keychains, and more. These upcycled designs can make great gifts for yourself and others, and they will leave you feeling good about supporting artists who are working hard to be sustainable in their practices.
We have highlighted some artists who work with upcycled designs.
Our Favorite Creators of Upcycled Designs
Ashley Michele is based out of Sarasota, Florida. She specializes in handmade, customizable products all made from discarded materials. Most notably, her earrings take old bottle caps and turn them into beautiful statement pieces. She has gotten nothing but positive, five star reviews from her customers on Etsy, many of them noting how quickly her custom jewelry pieces are made and shipped. Check out her page to see her beautiful and unique designs.
Shop owner Tara Chatterjee of 7StarsCreations is based out of Australia. She specializes in upcycled vegan and leather goods, wallets, clothings, bags, and jewelry. She is passionate about creating quirky and innovative products.
Shop owner Becca has been selling upcycled and repurposed glass and lighting accessories from Etsy since 2010. She makes everything from lamps, soap pumps, magnets, lights, and ornaments. Her designs are very creative; she even offers a hanging pendant made from an old Absolut Vodka bottle! You can feel good about your purchase knowing it saved glass from a landfill.
Anne-Marie Mcafee is based out of Florida and makes furniture and home decor from upcycled material, reclaimed wood, glass, and scrap metal. Her products range from large and elaborate chandeliers made from repurposed wood to toilet paper holders made from old horse shoes. As she says on her Etsy page, “It’s good for the planet and it’s a new life for some old and forgotten pretty things from the past!”
SneakyPea is a children’s clothing and accessory company. Bridget, the owner, specializes in baby, toddler, and girl dresses and clothes, bloomers, diaper covers, all using upcycled and vintage fabrics sourced locally in Pennsylvania. She is an Etsy Favorite and has hundreds of impressive 5 star reviews from very satisfied customers. Check out her shop for all your children’s clothing needs!
We hope these artists showed you that upcycled designs are good for the world, and good for you! Supporting creators that use recycled materials and turn them into something new and beautiful is a great way to go green use your purchasing power for good. And the best part is that their products make beautiful additions to your home, jewelry and clothing collections.
Do you have an upcycle design shop? Let us know in the comments for a shout out on social media!