Upcycling is bargain hunting: An ethical approach, we no longer throw away, we transform


An ethical approach: we no longer throw away, we transform! ♻️

In French, upcycling can be translated as “ overcycling ”; it is the principle of giving a second life to used clothing and fabrics by transforming them into a new piece . ♻️

We often confuse recycling and upcycling. I made a very simple diagram for you to better understand the difference. The principle of recycling is to transform the material into a new piece , such as here a bottle into a t-shirt. On the other hand, upcycling allows you to make a new part from a piece. For Waïloa, I often use old t-shirts to make scrunchies , for example. 👕

📎 You can find all our upcycled items just here .

Recycling VS Upcycling

Between Economy & Ecology

Upcycling is a practice that offers a multitude of benefits for our planet and our way of consumption. In this part, we will explore three major advantages of upcycling which will not fail to inspire you to adopt this eco-responsible approach. ⬇️

Advantage #1: Saving water 💧

One of the main advantages of upcycling is its positive impact on water consumption. Indeed, the conventional textile industry is known to consume a lot of water throughout its manufacturing process, from the cultivation of raw materials to the treatment of fabrics. 🪡

By opting for upcycling , you considerably reduce this consumption by giving new life to already existing textiles, thus avoiding the need to produce new raw materials which require a significant amount of water. By contributing to saving water, you are making a big gesture in favor of preserving this essential resource for us and our environment. 🌿

Advantage #2: Stop waste 🛑

Waste is a major problem in our society today. The fashion industry is unfortunately no exception to this reality. Tons of textiles are thrown away every year, contributing to pollution and the depletion of natural resources.

Thanks to upcycling, we can say stop to waste by giving a second life to these abandoned materials. By reusing and transforming used clothing or fabric scraps, we prevent them from ending up in the trash, thereby reducing our environmental impact and helping to create a more sustainable and circular world.

Advantage #3: Limit production ♻️

Upcycling fits perfectly into a responsible production approach by limiting the need to constantly produce new parts. By giving new use to existing textiles, we reduce pressure on natural resources and manufacturing industries.

Less production also means less waste and pollutants released into our environment. By promoting upcycling, you are making an intelligent choice in favor of a more reasoned mode of consumption that respects our planet.

The process: Want to try upcycling?

If you are ready to embark on the adventure of upcycling, let me guide you through 3 key steps to upcycling. At Waïloa we love this eco-friendly and creative practice! 🌈

Step 1: Find second-hand fabrics.

It all starts with China, flea markets and thrift stores will become your favorite playgrounds. There, you can find treasures of second-hand fabrics, each more unique than the last. These materials ready to be reused are the starting point of your upcycling project.

Step 2: Let your imagination and creativity operate.

Once you have your loot of fabrics in hand, let your imagination run wild! Let your creative spirit speak by imagining new shapes and cuts. Get out your magic scissors to precisely cut out the pieces that will bring your new item to life. And then, it's time to sew, assemble the different parts with love and skill.

Step 3: Enjoy your unique, handmade product.

And there you have it, like magic, your upcycled item takes shape! You end up with a new unique and eco-responsible piece of clothing or accessory. It is ready to be worn and proudly display its unique and original style.

So, shall we get started? Upcycling is an opportunity to unleash your creativity while preserving our beautiful planet.🌿🌎

Where to find fabrics to upcycle?

Here are my secrets for find the most beautiful fabrics for my creations:

- At the house of granny (generally grandmas have lots of wonderful fabrics)

 Emmaus , so many choices and low prices, 80% of my fabrics are second hand

 Personal wardrobe

– Donations from clients, family, friends or others

– Flea markets, garage sales


In conclusion, upcycling is not a trend, it is a real positive revolution in the world of fashion and consumption. By saving water, stopping waste and limiting production, this practice offers us the opportunity to become agents of change for a more sustainable future.

So, let yourself be seduced by upcycling and join this booming movement towards a more responsible world that respects our environment! 🌿

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1 comment

J’adore cette idée de chiner d’upcycler tout type de tissus ou vêtements pour leur donner une nouvelle vie ! On peut se créer des pièces uniques et originales en fonction de nos envies, tout en adoptant une démarche responsable !
Merci pour cet article super complet et intéressant ! :)


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