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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 🙂


Perfect day for a HOOD!

Well Philadelphia, it’s MISTING, which means it’s not wet enough to carry an umbrella, but just over the line where your hair goes from manageable in a ponytail to uncontrollable frizz ball. And you know it always mists when we have something to do, so how can we live, ladies?!

Oh that’s right- with a HOOD from Recycling Zychal! I’m wore mine to go to the post office today and was stopped by 2 separate and, might I add, stylish women on my way, who all loved the convenience of the HOOD and wanted to know where they could buy one. I was out of business cards, so I wrote down my website with a code for 20% off a HOOD if they purchased one before the end of the week.

A grey, misty day calls for a brown dress and a HOOD

I wanted to be sure I extended the offer to you all as well!

Enter this special code in when you place your order for a 20% off discount: AQUANET1989

Recycling Zychal hot off the press!

CEO of Recycling Zychal, Taryn Zychal with her fiancee Aaron Stampa at the Sonia Rykiel Fashion Show Friday at Recess Lounge.

by Erik Levin, AP, EFPD

PHILADELPHIA PA November 23, 2009 — Navigating through a windy, stormy rush hour in any city is probably at the top of most of our pet peeve lists, but not for Philadelphia entrepreneur and broken umbrella connoisseur, Taryn Zychal who says that those are the days that have provided her with the inventory she needed to turn trash into treasure with her successful upcycled umbrella fashion accessory company, Recycling Zychal.

Recycling Zychal officially launched in April of this year, but Zychal says that she’s been ‘rescuing’ broken umbrellas for several years before she knew exactly what to do with them. What started off as a bit of an obsession has now blossomed into something we don’t often hear about these days, a successful and sustainable business.

Recycling Zychal came up on my radar about 3 months ago when she was named one of the Top 25 Recycling Twitterers. I started following her and the exceptionally interesting stories of dumpster diving, product development, fashion shows, television shows and photo shoots she would share with the world. Here at EFPD, we were wow’ed by her activism and involvement in promoting stylish and functional upcycling, (something that she refers to as “Sexy Upcycling”) which is the complete opposite of the over-branded, impractical upcycling that most of us are turned off by.

Louie, a Samoyed from LA modeling a Recycling Zychal Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coat

I had the chance to sit down with the broken umbrella bombshell this past Friday at Recess Lounge where she been invited as a VIP guest among many of Philadelphia’s fashion elite to the Sonia Rykiel Fashion Show presented by Philadelphia’s new ‘go-to’ marketing agency, The Nouveau Image. We were among many familiar faces that included Steven Ward, host of VH1’s Tough Love and Philadelphia’s own Arthur Kade, which barely seemed to faze Zychal who mentioned to me early on that if it had been raining that night, she probably would have been able to score a broken Burberry umbrella.

“I am always thinking about my company, it’s my baby, it’s my life, it’s my full timer, and it’s working”
said the 25 year old as she sipped a special Sonia Rykiel cocktail designed especially for the event,
“do you really think I’d be here right now if I didn’t work hard to meet the right people?”

Winter HOOD promotion

The transition from a drinking PBR from a straw in bar a dive to sipping a swanky cocktail among celebrities at a fashion show has been quick for Zychal and is just one indication that Recycling Zychal is starting to branch off into bigger and better things. With the recent success of her Winter HOODs, which are modern day babushkas made from salvaged umbrella fabric and the highly anticipated launch of her newly expanded upcycled umbrella line, Recycling Zychal has won over the media with her dedication to animals, the environment and her couture sense of design. Chloe Jo Berman, founder of Girly Girl Army, celebrity green consultant and cruelty free advocate recently gave recommendation and praise to the company in an article entitled,“The Girl Who Loves Broken Umbrellas”, while one of Philadelphia’s most talked about internet sensations, Karina Bradley, sent out a shout out to Recycling Zychal to all of her fans on her YouTube channel.

Zychal said that she has a lot going on in the next few months including collaboration with Alexander Ciambriello for her Spring ’10 Collection, raising money to expand and collect broken umbrellas around the country through Indiegogo.com, a photo caption contest and HOOD giveaway through Better Off Soaked that is running right now, and of course preparing for the upcoming holiday season where she is offering buy one get one free HOODs and her infamous Upcycled Umbrella Dog Coat and matching HOOD special for $55 on her etsy shop from 12:01 am Black Friday until 11:59 pm Cyber Monday.

As we took our seats for the fashion show, I asked her what the next step for Recycling Zychal was and with a little hesitation and a laugh she said, “This right now was the end goal about 7 months ago; being here, in my element, among a good crowd, being interviewed by someone, this is everything I’ve ever wanted, the next step is to sustain it. It’s not about the fame or fortune, it’s about people rethinking the way they see a broken umbrella and once they know about my business and how I can recycle them into something beautiful, there’s really nothing stopping them from sending it my way”.

To learn more about Taryn Zychal and her broken umbrella business, or to donate your broken umbrella to her, please visit http://www.recyclingzychal.etsy.com or call the Recycling Zychal Headquarters in Philadelphia at: 1 (888) 472-2912

Broken Umbrella Photo Caption Contest on Better Off Soaked

Win a custom made, eco-friendly, cruelty-free Upcycled Umbrella HOOD from Recycling Zychal!

(from Sexy Upcycling)




Philadelphia’s broken umbrella elite, Recycling Zychal and Better Off Soaked, have joined forces to put together an amazing photo caption contest and the prize is a Sexy Upcycled Umbrella HOOD! The HOOD is the epitome of Sexy Upcycling, and takes landfill bound broken umbrellas and gives them a stylish new life as a modern day babushka! The rules for the contest are simple, just visit the Better Off Soaked Blog and write a caption for one or all of the broken umbrella photos for the contest. Create and leave your captions from now until Midnight, Sunday, November 29th and then you, the readers and caption makers, will determine the winner by voting for the favorite caption on Monday and Tuesday! Get your friends and family involved, it could make an interesting Thanksgiving dinner conversation (imagine your father grumbling about those crazy broken umbrella collecting hippies). The winner gets a fully customized Upcycled Umbrella HOOD from Recycling Zychal! Thank you to all that participate and good luck! Oh and a big big big thank you to the folks at Stylestance who helped make this contest and partnership possible by featuring both Recycling Zychal and Better Off Soaked on their daily style blog!

Recycling Zychal has Stylestance!

I woke up this lovely Monday morning to a great little article on Stylestance about my HOODs!

A big thank you to Linda of Stylestance for writing about my HOOD and suggesting her readers donate their broken umbrellas to Recycling Zychal!

Just a reminder to everyone, for every broken umbrella donated after November 1st, $1 will be donated to the Morris Animal Refuge here in Center City Philadelphia as part of our program, Flora Fauna Function! Our goal is to donate $100 by Christmas so that all the animals feel the holiday spirit. We’ve got a ways to go to get to our goal, but I believe that it will pick up once more people find out about what Recycling Zychal does with broken, discarded, landfill-bound broken umbrellas and how donating one can help an animal in need! Please let your friends, families and coworkers about Flora Fauna Function, because I’m sure that someone out there has a broken umbrella looking for a new life!

Flora Fauna Function

For every broken umbrella donated to RZ, we donate $1 to an animal shelter!