This is a list of Etsy Sellers with upcycle needs and haves!
If you need something for your Etsy business, please email me to be added to this list!
This list is just a way to match up the "haves" with the "needs".
It is up to each of you to Convo the person to make arrangements for a PIF or Etsy order by request!
is a component of sustainability in which waste materials are used to provide new products. It is generally a reinvestment in the environment. "Upcycling is the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value." This process allows for the reduction of waste and virgin material use.
Reuse is often confused with recycling, but they are really quite different. (Even those engaged in Reuse frequently refer to it as recycling.) Reuse in the broadest sense means any activity that lengthens the life of an item. Recycling, on the other hand, is use of energy or resources to reprocess an item into a new raw material for use in a new product. Reuse is nothing new. What is new is the need to Reuse.
Buying in a used marketplace, such as Etsy or eBay, is a way to reuse something. It is also achieved by attending to maintenance and repair, as well as by designing in relation to reuse. This may mean developing products that are reusable, long-lived, capable of being remanufactured or creatively refashioning used items.
Why is reuse so important? Because at the same time that it confronts the challenges of waste reduction, reuse also sustains a comfortable quality of life and supports a productive economy. With few exceptions reuse accomplishes these goals more effectively than recycling, and it does so in the following ways:
*A tip on sorting materials: If you live where they sell 3 Qt milk (Kroger's is the only place I've seen it!) The milk jug cuts down to fit perfectly 3x3 in an Office Depot or Staples Case of paper lid! I use these compartmented trays to sort jewelry. They stack very well and are a treasure for me! You can use these lined with a plastic for starting seedlings too!
- Reuse preserves the "embodied energy" that was originally used to manufacture an item
- Reuse creates less air and water pollution than making a new item or recycling
- Reuse reduces the strain on valuable resources, such as fuel, forests and water supplies, and helps safeguard wildlife habitats
- Reuse keeps goods and materials out of the waste stream
- Reuse results in less hazardous waste as a by product of all manufacturing
- Reuse saves money in purchase costs
- Reuse generates new business and employment opportunities for both small entrepreneurs and large enterprises
- Reuse creates an affordable supply of goods that are often of excellent quality.
- Unique to reuse is that it also brings resources to individuals and organizations that might otherwise be unable to acquire them, either due to original cost or their geographical location.
- Some older items were better handcrafted and appreciate in value.
*Tips on Etsy Sale items: You can use tags Upcycle, Destash and / or PIF to help unload your items of unuse on Etsy!
|Jewelry-all whole or part any style; Old magazines, especially fashion or catalogs with full page jewelry layouts.
||What nots & nicknacks, buttons, most household 'trash' items; plastic grocery store bags; most jewelry parts; single earrings; jewelry for any holiday or color in the rainbow lol; pendants and charms without chains; chains without pendants and charms; baubles and bits of glam; beads
||Wrappers, Durable Packing Items from Name Brand Foods; Bottle wrappers, Candy wrappers, zippers, gromets, etc
||Beer bottle caps, glass beer & wine bottles, computer parts, vintage findings, deconstructed beads (costume & semi-precious), old sweaters, old jeans.
||I am looking for glass test tubes and the stoppers from those little vials that florists use to hold single or a few flowers, corsages, and/or glass cigar tubes etc.
||Lots of buttons, fabric, felt, rug yarn (those packs of short yarn that people use to make rugs)
||Would like: Rubber stamps; Paper punches; Ribbon
||Have: Neon felt squares (craft store quality; not the good stuff); old buttons; Clean used clothes from 18-20 yr old daughters; Punched tags, ovals, circles from catalogs and magazines; Colorful paperclips; Pages from a bilingual dictionary; Adhesive-backed 'foamies' shaped like flowers (bright colors); Pencils; Magazines (mostly travel); unused tickets (like you use for raffles or carnival rides)
||I can always recycle antique and vintage buttons. I use holed buttons mostly without shanks and they can be very old plastics in colors or shell buttons or metal or bone. I only now use pretty old ones as you can see in my shop. I am now looking for very old metal work clothes buttons with fish eyes and two holes. Also bright colors in old plastics.
Also, really old bone or plastic rings, I have used them in my bone necklace and they are so hard to come across! They are up to one inch and larger in diameter. They are cream color and often called chicken rings.
||one thing i REALLY need is canvas. i can get all sorts of exotic lovelies but canvas to paint on is hard to come by. it needn't be used, or stretched - you can chop a hunk off that painting you tried years ago that didn't work out, and i'll be absolutely delighted with it!
||i can get most any manner of Indian ephemera both vintage and contemporary - peek in my shop for a tiny glimpse of what i have. any manner of anything with fun Hindi writing, posters, deity prints - you ask, i'll find it!
||I am looking for old leather belts to recycle!
||Who wants a box full of 16-20oz clear water bottles..my use didn't pan out. I'll be moving in 2 weeks and would love to ship them to you...so I don't have to cart them back to Texas in the u-haul.
||What I really really want:
COLORED vinyl (12" LP records.. I can't do anything with 45s yet). Can't pay more than $2 per record between cost and shipping.
||What I have:
Beer bottle caps
glass beer bottles/beer or soda cans
(hey I'm a college student.. what do you expect I'll find a lot of?) :)
||I need: Plastic gift cards (starbucks, target, michaels, etc.. =-)
||plastic bags, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, coffee cup paper sleeves, beads, etc.
||Want - Loose beads made of crystal, glass or old plastic, damaged rhinestone jewelry, old costume jewelry of all kinds
||Have - Many, many pounds of medium quality Paraffin wax in disc form ( can be used for coatings, firestarters etc
but not the best wax for candlemaking). Free for local pickup or cost of mailing.
Beads of any sort, especially glass, natural materials or old plastics. Vintage jewelry to take apart (broken jewelry is awesome.) Feathers (natural looking ones prefered but also colorful ones, including dyed.) China or glass teacups (singles or mismatched pairs are great.) Silver or pewter cups (okay, that's a stretch for a freebie but I'll send you a present in exchange!!)
Beads, mostly vintage or natural materials. I'd love doing swaps of beads (or other materials) to keep my inventory moving and fresh. Sometimes I buy things and then have no idea what to do with them! I also have design magazines (Dwell, ID, Wallpaper) Currently I have wine and beer bottles and cans (until June when I move back in the folks and have to stop hoarding them.)
||my wants, : beautiful glass beads, sterling silver and silver plated jewelry supplies, .75 inch vintage holed buttons, cotton fabric, ribbons and lace, stamps,
||My haves: milk carton and water bottle caps, soda tabs, pearls for kids to make jewelry with (not plastic), white wooden macramé beads, I will soon put my water bottle caps in my shop in pifs so you will be able to check them out there.
||Wish List: Metal pieces, found objects, wine bottle corks, interesting images, collage goodies, tins, jewelry blanks and tiny furniture ...I'm pretty open, as long as it isn't sewing stuff. :)
||Have List: Tons of fabrics, bottle caps, ribbons, hand dyed papers, scrapbooking papers, art books, (numerous), large purple trinket coffins, soap/chocolate molds, (some new, some used), cigar boxes, stickers, lots of stamps, (new and used), baby outfit knitting kit with DVD, old keys, very thick goldish braided cording
||I am interested in ribbon (want) and I have to part with - broken jewelery, small feathered birds, small plastic instruments, floral ribbon - the acetate kind, vintage bias tape, gold rubbery butterflies large, lots of garland beads. Some of this can be viewed at my destash shop, just gives an idea of what some of this looks like.
||I have lots for free
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Does Reuse really have a potential for impact?
According to the Science Application International Corporation study in 2000 in New York City, it can be HUGE! In one city, for one year, it could mean nearly three quarter's of a million tons of perfectly usable items!
The SAIC report did not include the commercial sector, only the residential. Used building materials also were not included. Thus, the potential of reuse is more than 736,000 tons per year or greater than 2000 tons per day!
In addition to social and environmental impacts, the economic potential of creating and retaining jobs through reuse is enormous. Using an analysis by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), if only half of the 736,136 tons of goods produced in the City were reused within the City, over 3,000 jobs could be created for people refurbishing and reselling used items. Our calculation is based on ratio of jobs to reusables in the ILSR report: 220,000 jobs created for 25.5 million tons.
If you would like to be added to this list, please email me your Etsy store name, Wish list and have list.