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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!

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!

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

Awesome Pug-Approved Vegan Dog Treats sold on Etsy!

When I was younger, it seemed like all the cool things came straight outta Compton, despite the fact that I lived in the rather quiet former coal mining town of Scranton Pennsylvania. Of course this was long before Dwight Shrute and his pals at The Office moved in with their beet stained teeth.

Yum Yum, these healthy dog biscuits are all natural and all vegan!

But now a days, it seems like the coolest little things are coming from the most unexpected little towns in the Midwest and South and these Vegan Dog Treats from Farm Dog Naturals are no exception. Hailing from Elmwood Tennessee, Rita Hogan and her ensemble of dog loving, heath conscious employees at FDN have been crafting these babies up for the past three years. Best yet, she insists on using local ingredients -I’m assuming this does not include Jack Daniels 😉 but they do boast- what I would consider- human-grade ingredients such as apples, chick peas and even her home grown vegetables, I know I’m getting hungry.

Great packaging, simple, easy to read and yes RECYCLABLE!

And just when you thought Rita Hogan couldn’t get any cooler, it turns out that the recipe is based off of a preservative-free bread recipe that women used to make for soldiers, and instead of testing her variation on soldiers, shes tested them on her 5 PUGS! Rita, you are awesome!!

One of five taste testing pugs that Rita owns, how cute is this face!!

At the great price of $8.99 for a 6 pack, I hope all of you order a batch from Farm Dog Naturals, there are tons of flavors to choose from and just knowing that each and every one of these treats is made with love and, most importantly, without animal bi-products, how can you resist!?

Recycling Zychal in GRID Magazine available online!

If you live outside of the Philadelphia area and cannot get a hard copy of February’s issue of GRID, you can now view the whole issue online on http://www.gridphilly.com

The feature on Recycling Zychal is on page 8 and there are some other great articles in this month’s magazine, including a review on the different vegetarian takes on bahn mi, or the Vietnamese “hoagie” as most know it. Although I am a vegan, I was drooling over these and am definitely going to attempt to veganize it (maybe a future post?).

Stella McCartney embraces vegan fashion, for real this time

Stella McCartney bring cruelty free shoes to us next year with the help of Morrissey!

What can I say about Stella McCarney? She’s the definition of awesome. Her clothes are impeccably designed and her stance on the use of leather and fur is heartwarming me me. I love her attitude and she always struck me as someone who could relate to many different types of people. I like her so much I even got over the fact that her supposed collab with Leona Lewis for a vegan fashion like was nothing but a rumour. But the talk of her partnering up with rocker Morrissey to launch a vegan shoe line next year is not a rumour, its a TRUMOUR!

She just recently told the Daily Mail:
“I’m working with Morrissey on a line of leather-free shoes which I’m really excited about, we are still in the early stages, but the shoes could be launched next year.”

I am so excited!