Thursday, May 29, 2008

ecocessories - The Inspiration

ecocessories was born one sunny spring afternoon while visiting the Epic Expo - a sustainable living consumer show. I was dazzled by the array of sustainable fashion products available these days and impressed at the creativity of all the designers. My inner artist stirred, and before I knew it, a whole business concept was born.

I thought about sustainable fashion and what it meant... and to me that is recreating resources and materials that already exist into something new, fashionable, durable and cool! I thought about all the jewelry I had at home... my everyday pieces were boring, cheap and lacking. My expensive jewels are in hiding for special occasions, and none of my jewelry fit in between. I realized that is exactly where ecocessories fits in.

I gathered together all my old costume jewelry, separated the beads, disposed of the clasps and earring hooks, invested in new silver chain and findings, and I was off! I thought about how if I could convince all my friends and family to recycle their old and broken jewelry I'd have a great variety of materials to work with. Then I thought even bigger - if I could convince every woman to start recycling their jewelry through ecocessories I could reduce waste, and seriously liven up some jewelry boxes at the same time!!

What do you think? Am I on to something?

Do you have old jewelry that just takes up space in your jewelry box?

Sunday, May 25, 2008

How to Recycle Jewelry with ecocessories

Hi! I'm Jessica and I am starting this blog as part of my progress in launching ecocessories - my company that sells handmade jewelry made from recycled materials. I love making jewelry and am passionate about the materials that I use - I am taking something old, either out of fashion or in poor condition, and making it new again! The beads I use in my projects are all reclaimed, boughten used, or recycled at ecocessories by people like you!

What does it mean to recycle jewelry? I am sure we all have it, the dreaded gob of tangled chain that used to be the hottest fashion statement five years ago... the one that broke, which you've promised to get fixed, the past 12 months in a row... or that one that you've just worn too many times to bear. No longer should these forgotten pieces be taking up precious space in your jewelry box. Donate them to ecocessories for a coupon and I will take apart the recycled jewelry, sort the valuable materials into colour and content categories to be made into fashionable, high quality fashion accessories.

But the only way this is going to be successful is from the support of you. Right now, I am in touch with my inner jewelry artist working out designs. I am building up my materials with donations and purchases of used jewelry and asking for donations from anyone. Once I am in full operations, we'll arrange a coupon towards your first purchase for your donation!

I am also talking to friends, family, coworkers, neighbours about my ideas and finding out what you like! Here on my blog we'll be able to do a lot more of it. Please tell me your thoughts. Do you like my stuff? Have an idea for a design? Is there something I haven't thought of? Have a suggestion of how I could do something better? I'm an open minded gal and just trying to have some fun while spreading my mission of living green and reducing waste. So don't hesitate. Comment on my pictures and postings. Let me hear your voice! Contribute to reducing waste on this planet by reusing the resources we already have.

Thanks!
Jessica