Betty modeling one of our favorite coats!

So we made THE CUTEST Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coat for a Boston Terrier this weekend. I couldn’t resist snapping some photos of my one pug, Betty, in this coat. Very special thanks to one of our biggest supporters, Aaron, for bringing us these fantastic yellow and black polka dot shoe laces back from Nashville, TN! These ties took the coat to the next level and I couldn’t imagine it with out them so THANK YOU! <3

These are just a preview, to take a look at all of the photos, check out our Flickr Set!

Sometimes you just have to throw that Gucci over your shoulder and save that broken umbrella!

See, it’s not so hard saving a broken umbrella!

Win a HOOD from HerCatwalk this week!

Hey friends, sorry we haven’t been blogging like crazy, the shop has been ridiculously busy the past 2 months between getting press from all corners of the world, to broken umbrellas coming in left and right and orders piling up all over!

Hey, I’m not complaining! I love that upcycling is catching on and people are loving it!

WIN A HOOD!!!

Just wanted to let you all know that HerCatwalk, a super sassy fashion site that I’ve recently become somewhat addicted to is giving away one of our HOODs for FREE! Go win it! NOW!

And keep sending in your broken umbrellas!

Help Recycling Zychal win the Stoli Vodka Originals Contest

Upcycling and Vodka; they aren’t exactly a match you think you could like, but lo and behold, the perfect blend of both has come in the form of an audition video that Taryn Zychal, the mastermind behind Recycling Zychal, has put together for the Stoli Originals Contest.


As one of the top 12 finalists, Zychal couldn’t think of anything that made her more original than the premise of the company she started a few years ago, in which she collects busted, broken umbrellas off the streets of Philadelphia and turns them into modern, stylish and functional softgoods.

Showcasing the charity-helping Organic Cat Nip Filled Cat Toy, the popular Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coat and the updated upcycled Polish babushka Recycling Zychal calls simply, The HOOD, Taryn spouts out a concoction of catchy lines about her real life and social media do-gooding and, more importantly, her passion about upcycling.

Zychal says that if she wins, she plans on investing into Recycling Zychal and traveling around the world with the $25k reward prize.

You can help this upcycling heroine win by going to the Stoli.com website and clicking on finalists, her video is the first one.

Recycling Zychal featured in the first spot for Treehugger.com’s Pet Lover Edition of their Annual Green Holiday Gift Guide

Treehugger.com agrees, our Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coats are the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life!

We were absolutely FLOORED when we saw that Treehugger.com chose our Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coats as the Top Gift to buy your Animal Loving Friend this Holiday!

Be sure to check it out (even if its just to zoom in on my pug Betty’s smoosh face) along with the other awesome gifts they put the spotlight on, such as these super cool Shea Butter Pet Shampoos, these awesome Recycled Vintage Brass Dog Tags fashioned by another Etsian and this strangely intriguing Elephant Poo Paper (my aunt collects Elephant themed items, so this is actually on my list, hopefully it’s a hit with her!)

Hey San Francisco, win one of our Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coats this weekend!

San Fran, will you help Rocket Dog Rescue?

To my friends in San Fran, be sure to get out to the Womens Building in the Mission District for the Paws and Play Pet Fair sponsored by The Bold Italic and Pawesome.

The event is from 6-8 on Saturday, and its FREE! There will be tons of cool people there, like Lagunitas Brewing Company, WINE from Treasure Island Wines, free sandwiches from Ike’s Place, free cupcakes from Sugar Beat Sweets and Fat Bottom Bakery, and free cookies from Eat Pastry.  

BEST OF ALL: Proceeds from the raffle that Recycling Zychal has donated an Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coat to goes to help all the little angels at Rocket Dog Rescue!

It’s a win win if you ask me!

I can’t wait to find out who the lucky winner of the coat is! Good luck!

Recycling Zychal kicks off America Recycles Day with Special Month Long Umbrella Upcycling Event!

My fellow green beings, Mark you calendars! This Monday, November 15th 2010 is America Recycles Day, a very important day to help raise awareness and bring together people who are passionate about the well being of our environment with those who want to be involved and aren’t sure how.

Recycling Zychal is launching a special month long broken umbrella upcycling event where if you donate your broken umbrella to us between 11/15 and 12/13, we will make you a special commemorative gift to honor your donation from the very umbrella you donated! What will this present be? YOU’LL JUST HAVE TO SEE, but I’m just letting you know, it’s going to be awesome!

To see how you can cheaply (like $3 cheaply) strip and ship your broken umbrella to us through the mail, please visit our “How To…” Video on the Recycling Zychal YouTube Channel.

At the very least, you should join thousands of green minded people and Take The Pledge to recycle and be active in your recycling community!

To find out more about America Recycles Day, please visit their website for information about events in your area, how you can help host an event and spread the word!

America Recycles Day is Monday November 15th, what will you recycle?

Incase you haven’t noticed all the pink, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Fellow females, you are never too young to get a mammogram, stay informed about your lady bumps, get checked!

…And while you’re booking your appointment,  check out this terrific treasury on Etsy by user BuySomeLove that features all Breast Cancer Themed Products, including our Breast Cancer Ribbon Broken Umbrella Shell that can be transformed into a custom made dog coat, a eco chic women’s rain HOOD, a cat toy or anything else your little heart desires! Shoot me an alchemy request to make a custom product!

 

Nothing goes better with Phillies baseball than an Upcycled Umbrella Beverage Cozy!

Well it’s that time of the year again; autumn is in full swing, the weather is sweater-like and and we here in Philadelphia are, once again, singing the sweet songs of playoff baseball!

 

Partyin on Broad after the 2008 World Series with some good friends and some perfect strangers!

 

I am a giant Phillies fan and that is an understatement. I became one in 2008 when we won the World Series against the Rays. Now, I understand that this is what constitutes a “fair-weather-fan”, but after I saw what happened to Philadelphia when we won; the craziness and insane amount of energy that surrounded me on Broad Street whist chugging a Miller High Life 40 in front of several Horse Cops in a city that I always thought had a stick shoved up its you-know-what for the 4 years I had been living here at the time had a very large impact on me and turned me into a Phillies fan, FOR LIFE.

I began watching every game, loving every player (except Pat Burrell, I never loved him esp after seeing his “Cribs” episode on MTV and I’m glad hes gone to tell you the truth) and when we went to the World Series last year against the Yankees, me and my boyfriend Aaron went so far as to write a rap song to help pump this city up. It’s called Cheesesteaks Over Cheesecakes.

ANYWAY- so mainly I just wanted to give you some of my background when it comes to the Phillies, because (and I hate having to use this word to describe my work) Crafts and Sports usually don’t mix well, and I know I have seen my fair share of terrible “compromises”…

 

Phillies Quilt... actually this is kind of nice, but you get what I mean about "Sports Crafts"

 

So this year I wanted to do something Phillies-ish but I couldn’t think of something that would utilize the water resistant properties of the umbrella nylon in a way that was super functional, UNTIL I made Phillies Beverage Cozies from  broken umbrellas that come right off the streets of Philadelphia!

 

 

Phillies beverage cozies are made to fit beer bottles or cans!

 

Now our Product of the Month, these bad boys only cost $5, are handmade by yours truly and keep your hands warm and your beverages cold, from the Fox and Hound to Broad Street, these Cozies are a must have for any serious Phillies fan! Features Phillies logo, eco-fi felt and insulation. We can also make them into Pint Cozies for your Ice Cream, just send us a message with your purchase!

 

Also available: Phillies Pint IceCream Cozies! Just send a message with order!

 

Limited quantities available, get yours today on our etsy store, located here:

www.recyclingzychal.etsy.com

New HOODs are HERE!

We’ve been using our HOODs day in and day out here in Philadelphia, the weather has just been awful here, but after this summer, I’m definitively not complaining! Plus it’s given me some time to think about some new looks and products and this new “babushka style” HOOD!

New Babushka Style Tie Option for Our Upcycled Umbrella HOODs

I went back to my Polish roots, incorporating fabric ties in the front similar to a true babushka for the new style of HOODs now available in our store and for just $26 with  the lining option included!

Great for riding your bike in the chilly nights or foggy mornings that we know and love about Fall. Get a matching Dog Coat and HOOD combo for your pooch’s morning walk on a misty day where it’s just not enough to go full on hoodie. Fits easily in your back pocket or fashionably wear like a bandana around your neck (thats what I do) for efficiency and convenience. Cure the “Flash Storm” paranoia you get right after you spend 40 minutes doing your hair, trust me, I’ve been there; these HOODs do the trick and save your hair from what could turn out to be an ultimate disaster and it fits in your pocketbook with ease!

10% off good until Halloween, use code 10HOODOWEENSKI in a message after purchase :)