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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!


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?

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 🙂

From rescued umbrella to rescued chihuahua

This coat was made for a little chihuahua who won the Pawesome Upcycled Umbrella Dog Coat Giveaway

A friend of mine told me that this was the best coat he ever saw me make. He's over alot and he has seen me make hundreds of coats so I was really flattered! FUN FACT: if you follow the world of Recycling Zychal on youtube, he's "the hands" in the "how to strip a broken umbrella" video tutorial.

Remmy was rescued from a home with over 100 chihuahuas who had never even gone outside, how sad! Obviously Recycling Zychal deals with a different type of rescue, but still, his story hit close to home,  and we were so happy to fashion him a rescued umbrella dog coat to keep his little body dry while it rains!

This guy is like the Ashton Kutcher of dogs, I love his face!

What a little angel!

Some little pug babies just can’t stay away from a pile of clean umbrellas

Hurley hiding out in the pile of freshly cleaned umbrellas

They usually get away with it when we have a primarily large load of all black broken umbrellas

Jake and Hurley reinacting Saving Private Ryan

Laundry can be such a bummer…

…but there is nothing better than a nice, warm, clean load of broken umbrellas just waiting to get repurposed!

We’re very busy over here at Recycling Zychal getting ready to re-organize our inventory so that it can all look as nice as this:

and we are proud to announce that we have just currently stocked our 300th black broken umbrella, bringing our total amount of broken umbrellas to somewhere around 750! I can’t believe we are only a few rainy days away from having 1000 broken umbrellas in stock. Thank you to all of my Umbrella Rescuers, friends, and associates that have helped Recycling Zychal to get this far and save so many broken umbrellas from a life in the landfill.

It’s Springtime and we are giving away a classic and a future classic for FREE!

It’s Spring! It’s almost our 1 year anniversary here at Recycling Zychal and to celebrate we are giving away a classic and a future classic for FREE!!!

Win a free custom made Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coat from Recycling Zychal and Pawesome!

Pawsome is hosting a contest to give away one of our very own custom made Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coats, so keep your pooch dry this Spring with an eco-friendly and stylish hand made canine coat!

And have you heard that we’ve extended our Upcycled Umbrella Handbag Contest, so now you have until April 1st (no joke!!) to win the first ever,  one-of-a-kind,  custom handmade Upcycled Umbrella Handbag worth over $50! All you have to do is vote in our user poll and leave a comment with your thoughts on whether or not Recycling Zychal should start making handbags from broken umbrellas. Your vote COUNTS, so please vote, tell your friends, tell your co-workers, your family, everyone you know! I’m leaving this decision up to the people that matter most, YOU!

Be sure to check back for more updates by following us on the blog, our twitter, youtube, facebook and myspace! And definitely don’t forget to check out Recycling Zychal’s spotlight on Inhabitat, one of my favorite green culture design blogs!

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!

New year, big news!

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Claire Connelly, a writer at Philadelphia’s very own sustainable culture publication, GRID. I’ve been fairly obsessed with GRID ever since I saw the first issue at the Good Karma Cafe, which is right around the corner from my house. She and I wound up getting coffee and talking about Scranton (I grew up there, she attended school there and is a former member of The Swims, a popular NEPA band) and of course, Recycling Zychal. I am so super excited to announce that I will be featured in the Profiles section of February’s GRID Magazine! I would love it for each and everyone of you to make it to the launch party next Monday if you are in the Philadelphia area. Drink and app specials and of course your monthly dose of Philadelphia-Green-Goodness, so come on out, grab some brews and do some trash talking with me 😉

GRID Magazine's 11th Issue, featuring me! 😀

GRID Magazines February Launch Party

Monday 1/18/10  5-8pm

The Abbaye 3rd and Fairmount, Philadelphia

$3 drafts and 1/2 off appetizers

some photos from this past week!

We have been totally SWAMPED here at Recycling Zychal HQ and by swamped I mean crazy swamped! We hit a new high selling record in November that definitely set the tone for the holiday season and we are still getting piles of orders, on top of that, we have received more umbrella donations and have had more storms here in Philadelphia this month which lead to an absolute boom in inventory. It’s been an unbelievable month!

I have been so busy sewing, doing photoshoots, talking to the press and handling shipping that I’ve had basically no time to blog, which makes me sad. What I have had time to do is post some photos of a few of the shoots we did with my pugs and a photo of Aaron rescuing an umbrella.

Betty modeling a very special dog coat I did for a woman in Canada!

Jake modeling a brown and blue plaid hooded coat, one of my all time favorites

Jake modeling a solid yellow coat with red eco-fi felt lining, I love the contrast of this one

Hurley's photo came out blurry, but how cute does he look in this plaid hooded coat!?

This may be my last post of the year (I am taking a much needed vacation the week between xmas and nye) and if that’s the case, I would like to thank everyone for helping out this year with everything at RZ and I hope that everyone has a safe, healthy and happy new year! We have TONS of new products launching early in 2010 that will surely have you questioning how anyone could throw a beautiful broken umbrella in the trash, and I will be updating the inventory withing the next 2 days, so new umbrellas await!