Upcycled

Vor einigen Tagen, als ich in einem Laden in Vancouver ein Pyjama zurück brachte, hörte ich zum ersten Mal vom Prozess des Upcyclings (Wikipedia):

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.

The first recorded use of the term upcycling was by Reiner Pilz of Pilz GmbH in an interview by Thornton Kay of Salvo in 1994.

Das Geschäft, das Kinderkleider verkauft, hatte seine Kunden aufgerufen, nicht mehr gebrauchte Kleider (irgend welcher Marke) in das Geschäft zu bringen. Dort wurden die Kleider “up-gecycled”, das heisst, sie wurden geflickt und gefärbt und wieder verkauft. Der Erlös geht zu einem bestimmten Teil an ein Kinderhilfswerk. Das Geschäft verkauft derzeit nichts anderes als solche Kleider, also keine “Eigenkreationen”. Das finde ich wirklich super! Eine Mutter schreibt dazu:

I’m fairly certain that every mom ends up with buckets upon buckets of gently used baby clothes.  There are two reasons for this.  1.) Because buying baby clothes is fun.  2.) Because babies grow so quickly that their wardrobe doesn’t last terribly long.  In the end, most moms end up trying to figure out what to do with their gently used baby clothes.

Some moms save their gently used baby clothes for a future sibling.  Others give away the clothes or sell it on eBay or a baby consignment shop.  There’s always the “donate to charity” option, as well.

Currently, all of Norton’s old baby clothes are packed away in space saver bags and stacked in the top of his closet.  I’m one of those moms who store it for future siblings.

Not too long ago, though, I received an email from Please Mum, a Canadian kid’s clothing boutique chain announcing their clothing buyback program.  The deal is this: it doesn’t have to be clothing from Please Mum.  It must be in decent condition (you know, truly gently used: no holes, rips, or tears), and there are certain types of things that they won’t take.  They’ll give you essentially gift bucks that you can use to buy new clothes from Please Mum.  (Up to half of your purchase can be paid for with Green Backs.)

I was intrigued.  I wanted to know exactly what happened to the old clothes that they bought, but didn’t see the answer on the web site.  So I decided to suck it up and call their customer service line, in spite of the fact that I sound like Darth Vader due to being sick.  The rep sent me their press release so that I could find out the skinny.

The majority of the clothes taken in will be donated to charitable organizations, including World Vision Africa and local Canadian shelters.  Other clothes will be “upcycled” to create a greener clothing line that will be sold in Please Mum stores.  What this means (I asked, because I’d never heard of “upcycling”) is that some the clothing will be re-dyed and embellished to create a new, sustainable clothing line.  Pretty cool, huh?

While I haven’t done much in the way of consignment shopping, I love companies that take recycling to the next level and make it a charitable thing and a green parenting thing at the same time.  Once I’m done having babies, I’ll have to consider getting rid of Norton’s old baby clothes.  Some of it will be donated to one of the local charitable organizations (either St. Vincent de Paul Society or Elizabeth Fry), some of it might be sold on Craig’s List, and some of it will most likely end up going to Please Mum.  I know that none of it will be going to a land fill.

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