- To work in harmony with others and the planet by being more mindful of my thoughts, attitudes, choices and actions.
- Having a commitment to minimize my own impacts and make more sustainable and ethical choices in the running of my business, the products I create, sell and the projects I engage with.
- To build community and interconnected opportunities.
- To champion and inspire a resourceful, considerate and low impact way of living.
- To “walk the walk” not just “talk the talk”.
- Never stop learning from life inorder to live well and wisely.
- To leave the world a slightly better place than I found it.
Upcycling is not really a new concept but maybe I can say that I have been paving the way with a new generation who are working with upcycling, slow making, mending, reusing as a response and antidote to our ‘throw away’, fast, consumer society. Unfortunately we are still following an outmoded “Cradle to Grave” manufacturing model, dating from the industrial revolution, which TAKES – MAKES – WASTES.
Upcycling principles guide circular ways of thinking and working. The term was first brought to public attention in the book “Cradle to Cradle” by William McDonough (an architect) and Michael Braungart (a chemist) who developed a “Circular Economy Upcycling Concept”, a vision for products conceived as “Biological and Technical Nutrients”. The Biological can easily re-enter water or soil without depositing synthetic materials and toxins. The Technical continually circulates as pure and valuable materials within closed loop industrial cycles.