Question about the use of the word "upcycled"

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Question about the use of the word "upcycled"

Post: #259948 Rosendula
Mon May 07, 2012 6:52 am

I'm trying to find a word! I make bags like the one in the picture, and other things. I buy the jute from a shop, and after crocheting it into a bag, I use strips of fabric to decorate it. This fabric is from offcuts that has been saved by a lovely seamstress friend who hates the idea of good cloth being thrown away. How should I refer to this fabric? The term "upcycled" means taking used/waste goods and turning them into something useful, but what I'm doing is making a bag with brand new, shop-bought jute and using the rescued cloth just for decoration. So is it right for me to use the word "upcycled"? If not, any ideas what word I should be using please? (I've also used the word "reclaimed" but it brings adverts of mis-sold PPI and stuff to mind so I don't really like that word).

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I'd appreciate your thoughts :sunny:
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Re: Question about the use of the word "upcycled"

Post: #259951 demi
Mon May 07, 2012 7:48 am

i dont know, sorry. but i really like your bag! :iconbiggrin:
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Re: Question about the use of the word "upcycled"

Post: #259955 magicguitarman
Mon May 07, 2012 8:08 am

Just be honest about what part comes from where in the description. I always respect that more from sellers than trying to make something sound like something it isn't (and I have no idea about the use of the word!)

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Re: Question about the use of the word "upcycled"

Post: #259960 Pumpkin&Piglet
Mon May 07, 2012 8:36 am

I think upcycled creates a image that is not what you're doing so I see your problem but as long as you explain I see no problem. I'm always buying stuff without reading it properly first and then end up with something that's not what I wanted/thought it was but I do realise that's my own fault!

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Re: Question about the use of the word "upcycled"

Post: #260003 Zech
Mon May 07, 2012 6:37 pm

I think that using 'upcycled' to describe the bag as a whole (which is lovely, by the way :icon_smile: ) would be misleading, but you could put 'with upcycled decoration' in the details.
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Re: Question about the use of the word "upcycled"

Post: #260005 Thomzo
Mon May 07, 2012 6:58 pm

According to Wikipedia, upcycled includes using 'waste' items so I think Zech's suggestion is perfect. You could use 'rescued' instead. The bag is lovely.

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Re: Question about the use of the word "upcycled"

Post: #260045 Rosendula
Tue May 08, 2012 8:02 am

Zech wrote:I think that using 'upcycled' to describe the bag as a whole (which is lovely, by the way :icon_smile: ) would be misleading, but you could put 'with upcycled decoration' in the details.


This is perfect! Thanks Rachel :cheers:

I think I need to spend some time going through everything and working on my descriptions too, making sure I explain fully where it all comes from, like magicguitarman said.

SusieGee wrote:I bought one of these bags from Rosie and would encourage anyone who wants a fab, strong useful bag to have a look at her website. They are brill :iconbiggrin:


:cooldude: Thanks Susie

Oh, I do love Ishers :love5:
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Re: Question about the use of the word "upcycled"

Post: #260171 yvette
Wed May 09, 2012 6:49 pm

Fantastic bag, so pretty and different as well as practical.

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Re: Question about the use of the word "upcycled"

Post: #260683 MuddyWitch
Thu May 17, 2012 10:52 am

Love the bag....*goes to order one*

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