lousupcycles

Lou's Upcycles Fused Plastic Accessories

Wendell, Massachusetts | 782 Sales

lousupcycles

Lou's Upcycles Fused Plastic Accessories

Wendell, Massachusetts 782 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   Lou's Upcycles has retired most of the production portion of the business but there are still a few items remaining from her inventory for sale. Additionally, and as requested by attendees of her upcycling workshops, she is fulfilling requests for sheets of her signature fused confetti to use as raw material for projects. Thanks for your support since 2008! Learn more: www.LousUpcycles.com/workshops.

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 5, 2018

Lou's Upcycles has retired most of the production portion of the business but there are still a few items remaining from her inventory for sale. Additionally, and as requested by attendees of her upcycling workshops, she is fulfilling requests for sheets of her signature fused confetti to use as raw material for projects. Thanks for your support since 2008! Learn more: www.LousUpcycles.com/workshops.

Lou Leelyn

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About

Trash to Treasure

Lou has spent the last 8 years vehemently advocating for the reduction and responsible use of plastic bags on the East Coast. Her journey started in San Diego 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. Her creative business, Lou's Upcycles, has 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 50,000 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.

Lou's Upcycles turns post-consumer plastic bags into innovative, graphically appealing textiles using the heat and pressure of an iron and heat press to fuse the bags to themselves. This textile is the base for a host of products which additionally involve combining rescued textiles for interior linings, and neckties for shoulder straps. Lou works alone and combines design, collage, and quilting skills, creating each piece from start to finish. From glasses cases to totes, patterns are of Lou's own creation and her designs are constantly evolving.

If you'd like to know more about how to increase your plastic responsibility, head to the resource pages of 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

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts 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.