As we all know, trends tend to keep coming back, and the trend of environmentalism is not exempt from that. "Going green" has been a buzz phrase for about five years now, and even if you haven't traded in your gas-guzzler of a car for a hybrid, chances are you are still wondering how to lessen the impression of your carbon footprint on the world that doesn't rely on the hoary old mantra of "reduce, reuse, recycle." Well, now you can add a new word to that mantra, and that word is "upcycle."
From what I was able to learn from Urban Dictionary, upcycling is the practice of making something new out of something old with the intention of making it cooler in the process. Oh, and apparently hippies really love upcycled stuff, but that was probably a given.
So since this is a hat blog, you can probably guess what this means for today's post. Yep, it's upcycled hats!
For the most part, the majority of upcycled hats look a lot like this one:
And that's not a bad thing, really. It's cute, it's environmentally-friendly, and it looks like something I could feasibly whip up at home.
But then you see hats like the following, and you realize that upcycling can be serious business.
Yep, that's a bomber hat--complete with pompoms--made completely out of old stuff.
This hat was made out of a man's suit and an old jacket.
...Yeah. Upcycling: Not for the home-economically challenged.
Who knew an old sweater could be turned into something this cute?
This one looks like it belongs in a baby boutique, and yet it's made from upcycled materials.
It's an upcycled octopus hat. And it's gorgeous. Seriously; you need to head over to the shop and look at this one up close, because otherwise you'll miss all the colors in the octopus itself.
In short, upcycling is not only good for the environment, but also can result in some awesome hats.
See you next week!