September 21, 2011

Meet & Greet: RadicalRecycks

Tracie discovered her love for recycling and upcycling as a girl scout leader. Taking plastic bags and turning them into plastic fabric she creates bags, wallets, and bibs.  She also create jewelry from plastic bottles, and is coming up with new ideas all the time.

Blue and Green Trashy Clutch
I asked Tracie a few questions and here is what she had to share:

Tell us a little about yourself and what you sell.
My name is tracie Lampe and I live in Pinckney Michigan with my family. I just went part time and will be working from home after 15 years at my job this will give me more time to develop my own business. I make useful items from trash! Purses, jewelry, wallets, etc. I also wrote a craft book on how to fuse plastic, techniques & 25 projects called " upcycled accessories"

Dunkin Donut Upcycled Gift Card necklace
What is your favorite thing about creating?
My favorite thing about creating is when I dream up an idea and when I finally sit down to make it & it turns out just as I dreamed!

Why did you decide to work with upcycled/recycled/repurposed/vintage materials?
Why I upcycle... Here's the story I am a girl scout leader & I had to take an enchriment class which happen to be called "leave no trace" it was about recycling and reducing our carbon foot print. At this point in my life I didn't recycle I didn't think as one person I could make a difference so when the instructor said " if you could do one thing what a difference it could make" so I decided that I would do one thing and that was to recycle. The first week I recycled I went from 3 overflowing trash cand to less than one well I was hooked. Now this is when my extreme nature took over and recycling wasnt good enough I needed to make thing from trash!

Upcycled Accessories 25 projects using Repurposed Plastic
What is your favorite thing about running your etsy shop?
My favorite thing about running my etsy shop is when someone buys something it makes me excited that someone loves something I made!

What inspires you to create/sell what you do?
My inspiration is keeping the trash out of the landfill and making a difference.

Bumble Bee Tee Shirt Bracelet
How do you keep your creative space inspiring?
Oh my creative space well I work in chaos most of the time I just want to get out what is in my head but every now and again the chaos gets my creative juices all juiced out and that's when my very good friend comes to my house and helps me reorganize which then inspires me to create again!


Thanks Tracie for sharing with us today!

See you next week,
Everyday Inspired

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely love it! I had a recycled purse made from car parts when I was a kid. I'm pretty sure that sparked my obsession with upcycling.