lousupcycles

Lou's Upcycles: Fused Plastic Eco-Art and Education

Wendell, Massachusetts 787 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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lousupcycles

Lou's Upcycles: Fused Plastic Eco-Art and Education

Wendell, Massachusetts | 787 Sales

Lou Leelyn

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Lou Leelyn

Announcement    Lou's Upcycles retired the studio production portion of the business in 2016 but she is still teaching and passing on her craft. Thank you for all your support since 2008! Learn more about Lou's workshops here: www.LousUpcycles.com/workshops.

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Last updated on Dec 5, 2019

Lou's Upcycles retired the studio production portion of the business in 2016 but she is still teaching and passing on her craft. Thank you for all your support since 2008! Learn more about Lou's workshops here: www.LousUpcycles.com/workshops.

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About lousupcycles

Sales 787
On Etsy since 2008

Trash to Treasure

Since 2008, Lou has been vehemently advocating for the reduction and responsible use of plastic bags on the East Coast. Her journey started in San Diego in 2006 where she witnessed first hand the extent of coastal waste, learned about Algalita, Captain Charles Moore, and the growing plastic waste movement. She has since moved the mission to Massachusetts, as she teaches others how to help diminish the growing Atlantic trash Gyre. Although now retired, her creative business, Lou's Upcycles, turned advocacy into action by creating an accessory line from fused, post-consumer, un-recyclable plastic bags. Hundreds of households across the country have donated over 60,000 bags to her one woman business. When not in her studio, she teaches workshops that explore her process, her mission, and all of our solutions.

If you'd like to know more about how to increase your plastic responsibility, or to take a workshop with Lou, head to: www.lousupcycles.com.

Shop members

  • S. Lou Leelyn

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Lou lives, works, and plays in beautiful western MA among communities that believe in shopping locally, eating locally sourced food, consuming and wasting less. Her creative passions involve the environment, color, geometry, and organized chaos.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 5, 2016
The mission of Lou's Upcycles is to take un-recycable plastic packaging otherwise headed for the landfill and upcycle it into wearable, functionable, trashion art. Plastic bags are turned into fabric using heat and pressure then collaged and quilted together to ensure a durable, long lasting accessory.
While a very, very, small portion of supplies are bought new, 99.99% of the materials used are found, scavenged and re-used including internal fabric linings, neckties, adornments and hardware.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
All Sales are Final. While I don't offer full refunds, I am open to exchanges. Because each piece is totally unique, you may find that you purchase an item as a gift and they aren't as thrilled as you were. At your shipping expense, I am happy to exchange a gift for a different item. Additionally, don't hesitate to get in touch if you are unhappy with your order. I take great pride in my craftwomanship but if you do find that something is broken or flawed, I am open to an exchange. Let's work together to come up with a solution!
Payment
Payments are accepted via PayPal, Direct Checkout (Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover), or Etsy Gift Card.

I am also happy to take a phone call utilizing Square. Feel free to message me.

Custom orders must be paid for before production begins.

*MA residents will have 6.25% sales tax applied to all of their purchases*
Shipping
All orders are shipped USPS Priority Mail which allows for a 2-3 day delivery within the US. Each order comes with automatic tracking and $50 insurance. You will receive the tracking information through Etsy convos when your order heads to post.

I am not responsible for items lost in the mail. I am happy to provide any information to help you file a claim with USPS including tracking and delivery confirmation. You can file an online claim by visiting: https://www.usps.com/help/claims.htm

Get in touch for international orders to re-configure shipping costs. I am happy to ship internationally but cannot be responsible for customs fees.
Additional policies and FAQs
Your order is shipped using 100% biodegradable/compostable/recyclable bubble-mailers, poly-mailers, kraft paper and/or packaging tape (all made in the USA)

Printed invoices are not included in your packages, unless requested, to reduce paper waste.