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7/30/2009

LousUpcycles Up Close and Personal

I was lucky enough to meet fellow Trashionista LousUpcycles
up close and personal at the Shelburne Falls Farmers Market!
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My family has a vacation home in Western Mass
so once we drove 2.5hrs from Newburyport to get there
I had to make time to drive a little further to meet Lou.

.And boy, I'm glad I did!
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Lou is a woman on a mission:
To take plastic otherwise headed for the landfill
and upcycle it into wearable trashion art.

Upcycled Pet Place Mats and Pouches
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Upcycled Wallets

Upcycled Dopp Bags

Here are few facts I found in Lou's Etsy Profile...
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---Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags
are consumed worldwide.
That comes out to OVER ONE MILLION PER MINUTE!!!!!
Billions end up as garbage each year.
ONLY 3% GETS RECYCLED!
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---According to the EPA, over 380 billion plastic bags,
sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year.
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---According to The Wall Street Journal,
the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually.
(Estimated cost to retailers is $4 billion)


Amazing Upcycled Shower Curtain

It's always fun to meet a fellow Etsian,
but even cooler to meet a Trashionista!
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Lou's simple request...

5 comments:

tamdoll said...

I love Lou's request to put her out of business, if only we could stop using all that plastic. On the other hand... everything she makes is so creative!

Twittered about this post, too, I think it's wonderful.

Geek Details said...

Love her stuff, very cool way to recycle things.

MalcolmStudioShop said...

Great stuff...

Jo said...

Yes, her work is wonderful and makes me feel good to see it and read about her success. A very creative solution to a trashy problem.

GreenWorks said...

Scary when you see some of the facts all together!

Love all the different ways she reuses plastic - but especially the shower curtain. Genius idea!