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What is upcycle you ask? It simply means making gorgeous things out of trash. Now before you scream ‘plastic spoon lamp’, let us tell you this isn’t your average pinterest board. This here is the real deal with actual people and actual products that people don’t use or throw away.
I think there can be a 50/50 split between drinkers and teetotallers in the world, but these quirky light bottles from Ritika Varshney would want anyone to have a collection of Old Monk or Black Label in their homes. Avengers to florals to cats, nothing is too hard and nothing is not amazing when it comes to this talented lady. She says, “There can’t be a better time to think smart and create smart. There is way too much waste out there and something good can be created out of almost anything!” Send Ritika some love at email@example.com.
Even the chai-wallahs of the world are getting an upgrade now, most of them use snazzy cyclindrycal dispensers which means our humble little ‘ketli’ is now dying a slow death. Or so you’d think till you run into Vasundhara Sharma of Nukkad Art who has made a living out of upcycling the humble ketli into psychedelic objects of art, which have been used as pen stands, gift boxes and even to pour tea. In her own words, “So basically if you love the job, it gets addictive. You want to build on the variety and product range, add more styles, colours, products… It’s a high that no other thing can provide you with.” To get in touch with Nukkad Art, drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boys boys, don’t think we have forgotten you! We have a special something for the biking lads here from Ritvik Balgi (email@example.com) who has made it his personal mission to use every bike-part in an upcycling project. Fancy eating from forks that are made from gear-shifts? Or tables that are tyres and rims? Anything is possible, with some junked parts from the local mechanic, an imagination and a soldering iron. According to him it was his passion for bikes that led him to try and incorporate them everywhere, to newbies of upcycling he says, “Choose elements that soothe your soul and plunge in.”
No article on upcycling can be complete without a mention of the Upcycle Project, one of their recent projects was using old or damaged vinyl records to make gorgeous home décor. But why vinyl records in particular? Amishi answers, “Records are made of PVC which is a highly toxic and non-recyclable material. We give them a new life by converting them into clocks, keychains, coasters and several other products and thus prevent them from ending up in a landfill.” Give Amishi a shout out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So yes, that’s what’s happening in the upcycling world. MIND BLOWN OR WHAT?