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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! ❤

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

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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!

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!

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 🙂

Our Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coats on Good Day Philadelphia

Our brand new standard size Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coats are available exclusively at Just Dogs Gourmet on 19th and Chestnut

Our Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coats were recently featured on Thursday’s Good Day Philadelphia being modeled by some precious dogs up for adoption at the PSPCA. I am trying to get a copy of the extended clip, but until then, check it here!

Maggie is not only one of the cutest models we've ever had, shes also up for adoption! Please call the Philadelphia PSPCA if you are interested and I'll personally donate a coat to her!

Casper’s IZOD Upcycled Umbrella Dog Rain Coat

A good friend of mine and fellow designer, Andres, recently tipped his sister off to my dog rain coats and after being impressed by my work, she decided to order one! I love when friends order things because I like to put a little-bit-extra extra special love into them, just as like a personal thank you for helping spread the word.

I chose to use red contrast top stitching to pull out the red in the IZOD logo. I would have liked to put the IZOD logo somewhere on the back, but because of its position on the nylon, I wasn’t able to; but I think it came out looking great the way it is and so did Andres’ sister!

Casper modeling his new upcycled umbrella dog rain coat!

Another Day in the life of Recycling Zychal- Inventory Photoshoot in Hyperspeed

In the second installment of Day in the life of Recycling Zychal, upcycling obsessed designer Taryn Zychal gives you an insider view of the creative process at work. Using a large 7.5′ PVC pole covered in $1 IKEA carpets- a handmade super sized cat scratch post of sorts that she made for her cat Rhoda- some tape and a chair, Taryn mounted her Flip Camera to the top to give an all inclusive aerial view of the inventory photoshoot process.

Recycling Zychal's inventory photoshoot of new broken umbrellas to go on sale next week!

We will be color correcting and putting up the umbrellas that you see in this video over the weekend on our store site, www.recyclingzychal.etsy.com so be sure to check them out! This is one of our greatest batches to date!

Again you will see all 3 pugs in this video and if you watch closely, you will also see an appearance by Rhoda herself.

Set to the music of Digitalism, this video should surely get your creative juices flowing.

Recycling Zychal stripping broken umbrellas in action, in hyperspeed

Check out our new video on YouTube that shows Taryn Zychal and Aaron Stampa, the founders of Recycling Zychal, stripping a large load of broken umbrellas in hyperspeed… pugs included!

Watch as Taryn and Aaron, founders of Recycling Zychal, strip broken umbrellas in HYPERSPEED

If you are on YouTube, be sure to subscribe to the Recycling Zychal Channel for more DIY’s, How-To’s and cool time lapsed work in progress videos!

Stay tuned to our Etsy store this week for brand new awesome broken umbrellas going up for sale, some that you have seen in this very video!

And if you haven’t already entered our Upcycled Umbrella Dog Coat Giveaway on Pawesome, you should definitely do that, drawing ends Friday March 19th!! You also still have time to win a one-of-a-kind, custom, first-of-a-kind Upcycled Umbrella Handbag, (yes a stylish eco-friendly handbag/purse made from broken umbrella nylon, personally designed by Taryn Zychal herself and worth $50) by voting and commenting here. New Spring fashion for free!

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!

Should Recycling Zychal start making handbags? Weigh in to win!

I’ve been getting alot of requests lately from young women and fashionistas across the country (and Canada) who would really like to see a line of upcycled umbrella handbags added to the Recycling Zychal collection.
While I have some great bag ideas in mind, I am really struggling with the idea of adding an item to my line that does not use the upcycled umbrella nylon for it’s original waterproof/water resistant properties.

I’ve gone back and forth so many times that I figured the best way to get this situation figured out was to ask my customers, friends, readers and fans. In return for your participation, I will be giving away a custom made upcycled umbrella handbag valued at at least $50! One lucky winner will be chosen at random, all you have to do is vote in our poll and leave a comment below telling me your thoughts on your vote. The winner will be drawn on March 1st!

Please feel free to weigh in!

Recycling Zychal is now helping local cats here in Philadelphia

Cat toys are sold on http://www.recyclingzychal.etsy.com and are $3, $1 of which goes to City Kitties, a West Philadelphia charity that helps cats in the city

We are so proud to announce that the beneficiary of our Organic Cat Nip Filled Kitty Toys for the second residency is City Kitties, an organization based right here in Philadelphia that helps unwanted cats find forever homes. You can also read about and make a donation to City Kitties on their website here.

Organic Cat Nip Filled Kitty Toys by Recycling Zychal now helping West Philadelphia's own City Kitties!

All of our Cat Toys at Recycling Zychal are filled with premium grade organic cat nip, crafted from upcycled umbrella, eco fi felt and vintage material scraps from the other products that I make and are all 100% handmade right here in Philadelphia. You cat will love you and you will, in turn, be helping a small innovative green business as well as countless kitties that are trying to find their forever homes, its a win/win!

You can purchase your Cat Toy on our etsy website here.

If you live in Philadelphia, please message me and I will deduct any shipping cost and deliver it to you!