2014 Gift Cards are Here!

So you’ve looked and looked and can’t find just the right gift?  Have no fear, Lou’s got you covered.  You can now order a gift card for Lou’s Upcycles merchandise!

Here’s how it works:  Email LousUpcycles at gmail.com and let Lou know the amount you would like to give.  You will then receive an invoice which you can purchase online.  Once payment has cleared,  Lou will create a one of a kind, upcycled gift card out of recycled materials and ship it off ASAP (Free shipping).  You will receive confirmation and a tracking number so you can make sure that your recipient has received their card.  You can even have it sent directly to you so that you can be the one to gift the card yourself.

The excited owner of a new gift card may use it online or in person and there are no fees and no expiration date! They may use it for a product already created or dedicate it to constructing their very own custom made item.  This is perfect if you want to give them a bag but aren’t sure about what they will use it for, how much they need to fit inside, what size their laptop is or just aren’t sure of colors.  Lou will work with them to get exactly what they like.

Take advantage of this deal before December 10th, 2014 (to ensure it will arrive on time) and you’ll receive a free MINI zipper pouch similar to this design for jumping on board the handmade gift giving train.

Thanks for shopping handmade and supporting a one woman creative business!

2014 MREA Energy Fair

MREA Energy Fair

Wow!  What a fantastic weekend.

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Thanks, Wisconsin, for welcoming this upcycler into the fold.  Your enthusiasm for sustainable solutions is inspiring.   If you attended one of my workshops and would like more info, please feel free to download or view my presentation below:

Lou’s Upcycles MREA Energy Fair Presentation

2014 RRR is here

Click on Image to head over to the 2014 RRR Guide2014 Reduce Reuse and Recycle Guide

Have you seen the Story of Stuff?

When Annie Leonard and her friends at Free Range Studios set out in 2007 to share what she’d learned about the way we make, use and throw away Stuff, they thought 50,000 views would be a good result for her ‘20-minute cartoon about trash.’ Today, with over 15 million views and counting, The Story of Stuff is one of the most watched environmental-themed online movies of all time.
For those who haven’t seen these videos, it’ll only take 20 minutes to open your eyes about our waste. Warning: you may never shut them again. Kid and family friendly, easy explanations of consumer products to waste stream.

Gift Cards Now Available!

So you’ve looked and looked and can’t find just the right upcycled gift?  Have no fear, Lou’s got you covered.  You can now order a gift card for Lou’s Upcycles merchandise!

Here’s how it works:  Email LousUpcycles at gmail.com and let me know the amount you would like to give.  I will send you an invoice which you can not only pay online but also receive an electronic receipt of your purchase.

Once payment has cleared,  I will create a one of a kind, upcycled gift card out of recycled materials and ship it off ASAP.  You will receive confirmation of shipping and a tracking number so you can make sure that they have received their card.  You can even have it sent directly to you so that you can be the one to share the card on that special day.

The excited owner of a new gift card may use it online or in person and there are no fees and no expiration date! They may use it for a product already created or dedicate it to constructing their very own custom made item.  This is perfect if you want to give them a laptop bag for instance but don’t know the dimensions of their technology.  We will work together to get them exactly what they like.

Take advantage of this before December 22nd, 2012 and you’ll receive a free zipper pouch for jumping on board the handmade gift giving train.

Get in touch today!

Upcycled flowers now available online

Thinking you want to give the gift of flowers that last? How about some fused plastic flowers; they are bright, colorful, and will say you care for a long time.

These handmade lovlies are great for anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine’s, or just to say “Hey, I like you!”

Created from studio scraps of fused plastic, each flower is hand made individually. Flowers are created one by one using a plethora of colors. The flower stem is a real branch harvested from the beautiful forests of western MA.

Flowers will be wrapped for gentle shipping and will be ready for giving and you can find them here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/111768240/individual-upcycled-fused-plastic

Also in bouquets of 6 or 12: https://www.etsy.com/listing/111767886/upcycled-12-flower-bouquet

New Day Pouches are here!

Need to throw a few things into a bag and head out? Looking for an upcycled, fused plastic creation that doesn’t weigh a ton?  Are you traveling and you need to keep your passport, money, and gum in a pouch?  How about that concert you are going to, why bring a big pack when you can throw a couple of items in here and go?   Lou’s Upcycles has you covered with a new trashion extra!

Lou’s small shoulder pouches are created with the same confetti from studio scraps, these quick pouches are on-the-go greatness!    Head on over to my shop and you can order one with just about any color trim/internal fabric color.   Dimensions: 7.5″ across, 9″ tall with 26″ strap hang. Flap closes with magnetic snap.  www.etsy.com/listing/93285344/upcycled-fused-plastic-day-pouch

My copy of Plastic Free has arrived, get yours too!

I have been following Beth Terry since 2007 when she decided to track her plastic consumption and waste.  Her book Plastic Free – How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, is out now and on the way to my studio!  If you are interested in more about Beth Terry and her mission head to her site.

 

Start your journey with these videos

When Annie Leonard and her friends at Free Range Studios set out in 2007 to share what she’d learned about the way we make, use and throw away Stuff, they thought 50,000 views would be a good result for her ‘20-minute cartoon about trash.’ Today, with over 15 million views and counting, The Story of Stuff is one of the most watched environmental-themed online movies of all time.
For those who haven’t seen these videos, it’ll only take 20 minutes to open your eyes about our waste. Warning: you may never shut them again. Kid and family friendly, easy explanations of consumer products to waste stream.