brands that prove that upcycling is the new recycling

Four brands that have adopted upcycling, a technique that reuses old materials to create original pieces




New York, United States

Denim never goes out of style, but in this store it’s different: clothes, bags, and other items are made of pieces of the fabric reused and glued together.

36 East 11th Street, 463 Amsterdam Avenue



Madrid, Spain

In this shop, the products are made of discarded materials, like fishing nets, plastic bottles, and used tires. The result is a wide variety of items, including sandals, sneakers, jackets, and travel bags.

Calle de Hortaleza, 116


Insecta Shoes

São Paulo, Brazil

The shoes from this boutique are vegan and made from materials like plastic bottles. There are just a few pieces with each print: an old sunflower dress can turn into five pairs of shoes, for example. In addition to São Paulo, there’s also a location in Porto Alegre.

Rua dos Pinheiros, 342



Valparaíso, Chile

The brand affirms that their textile recycling processes have saved over 11 million gallons [42 million l] of water. With a zero waste philosophy, their clothes combine several fabrics, colors, and prints, each from a different item.

Calle Urriola 598, Cerro Alegre