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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!


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 website and clicking on finalists, her video is the first one.

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

#Umbrelladelphia here we come!

It’s been no secret that my passion in life is saving broken umbrellas. At Recycling Zychal, we are quickly approaching our 1000th umbrella thanks to a group of dedicated friends, colleagues and online readers around the world who have taken the time out to save one themselves, retweeted a call to action that we’ve posted, or even just told a friend. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to all of you who have helped us get this far, you are all truly appreciated and have the utmost respect from me and the people who work here at Recycling Zychal.

The people closest to me know that no matter how far this company goes or how big it gets, I will always be out in the eye of the storm, chasing after mangled umbrellas blowing across the street, digging in trash cans because I spotted the handle sticking up out of the bag, and rummaging around City Hall scooping up and saving as many broken umbrellas as I can handle, regardless that they are always black at City Hall. This is my life, saving these broken umbrellas is what keeps me going, as silly as that may sound, I honestly love the hunt.

Last year at this time, we launched a few different programs to help collect broken umbrellas around the city of Philadelphia, but this year, as the Fall weather, temperature and, of course, torrential rain and hail come around, I wanted to launch something interactive. I’ve been in the business of collecting broken umbrellas for about 4 years now, and having gathered enough information about why people wouldn’t want to rescue one, I think I’ve come up with the best possible solution that will match our rescuers up with “reporters”.

Introducing #umbrelladelphia

#umbrelladelphia is a campaign we are launching so that where ever you may be, what ever you may be wearing or doing, you can still contribute to helping these umbrellas get rescued without having to get them yourself. Using the twitter application on your phone, you can simply tweet the location of the broken umbrella that you spot, give a short description or score BONUS POINTS by taking a photo. You just have to make sure you include the tag #umbrelladelphia in the tweet so that it will come up on our live feed. One of our umbrella rescuers, or even myself, will come and rescue it and bada bing bada boom, everyone wins! Tweet us 5 different broken umbrella locations and guess who gets a present!? YOU DO!

To help spread the word about this new initiative, we will be using both guerrilla and conventional marketing tactics. Be sure to look for chalk stenciled #umbrelladelphia tags all over the city, and definitely make sure you pick up a free copy of next months GRID magazine where our first ever advertisement will be.

If you would like to volunteer to help spread the word, we have all different types of promotion and marketing materials, please send me a message if you are interested in helping, and as always, there are presents for anyone who helps 🙂

Recycling Zychal featured in the CityPaper!

Hey everyone, if you are in the Philadelphia area, today is your last day to pick up one of the CityPapers featuring Recycling Zychal in it!

On the 38th page you will see the article, please feel free to cut it out and magnetize it to your fridge Roseanne style.

Julia West wrote a fantastic little article about my obsession with broken umbrellas, what I make from them and even gave readers a call to action to donate! I love it!

Even if you are out of the Philadelphia are, you can still check out the article on the CityPaper website

Things have been steadily busy over here at RZ HQ and we’ve been prepping for our favorite broken umbrella season which is quickly approaching! Just a reminder that if you have any broken umbrellas to donate, you can check out the tutorial I made to make sending them easier and cheaper for you, and that video is located here

We’ve also been getting alot of inquiries about wholesale which is so awesome and welcome any interested stores to contact us to do a special one of a kind line for their boutique! All wholesale orders are custom made and no 2 are ever the same because one-of-a-kind is not an option here at Recycling Zychal, its the standard! 😀

Eco Fi Felt now fully stocked with new colors to choose from!

Eco Fi Felt!

You might be wondering why in the world I’m posting something about felt when there’s a killer heat wave going on outside, but I am so stoked about all the new colors we just got in that I couldn’t wait! Plus Eco-Fi Felt is not like Wool felt; it breathes and is light and airy when you need it to be, snug and insulating when you need it to be, and always 100% eco friendly, vegan and awesome!

Also, we will be putting up some new umbrellas this week with a photoshoot scheduled for tomorrow, we’re all super excited about that over here at RZ HQ! To see how much fun we have doing a photoshoot, check out this video of a former photoshoot that we did all DIY style, pugs included!

Join Recycling Zychal and Urban Outfitters for the Go Green Craft Market TOMORROW!

Ahh Earth Day, not only is it our first BIRTHDAY (!!!!) but it’s overall just the greatest day ever! A day where no matter what you believe, where you live, who are are- you can do something nice for the ground underneath you! If you are in the Philadelphia area and you’ve always wanted to go see the famous URBN HQ, then this is certainly your chance.

We’ve been invited to participate in the Go Green Craft Fair as a Guest Artist to sell some products and demoing how to strip a broken umbrella! I will be selling custom hand made Upcycled Umbrella HOOD’s and Organic Cat Nip Filled Kitty Toys that help benefit City Kitties Rescue in West Philly! We’ll also be doing a raffle to win a custom made Upcycled Umbrella Dog Coat! So come on out to the Navy Yard and get your green on!!

One of a kind Upcycled Umbrella Handbag Contest Extended!

On a recent trip to the fabric market, I was struck with some amazing new ideas and inspiration for the Upcycled Umbrella Handbag idea I’ve been throwing around and I’ve decided to extend the contest until April 1st! and no this is no April Fools Joke!

To enter to win, leave a comment under our post telling us what you think, why you would like to own this custom made eco friendly handbag or any suggestions for the bag itself- a color a shape, ANYTHING! Be sure to vote in poll and thats it, you could be the next winner!

Don’t delay, go enter to win an eco friendly, custom, handmade upcycled handbag from your friends at Recycling Zychal!