Article by Angela Santalo - California Images by & of Angela Santalo and Cristina Acevedo Issue 24 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
In a world where vintage is the new “new,” upcycling denim is the perfect way to save money and be fashionable. According the Webster Dictionary, upcycle means to “recycle in such a way that the resulting product is of a higher value than the original item.”
I am a granddaughter of Cuban exiles. We were taught to appreciate everything and waste nothing. “It is a sin,” Abuela would say. Upcycling is simply a way of thinking differently. With upcycling, there is an endless list of things that can be made including hats, scarves, shoes, purses, shirts, and bracelets. My father is a collage artist and he specializes in reusing and repurposing to create something new and beautiful. He made beautiful artwork using what he could find. I guess you could say upcycling and repurposing is in my genes.
Recently, I created a cute purse from one of my old favorite jeans. From the same jeans, I also made a practical little lunch box. The process was simple and fun. I also love to take old denim jackets and make them new and fresh by adding fabric, fringes, or paint. My friend and I even started our own Instagram, She Be Boho, with some of our new looks. Don’t give up on situations, things, or even on your old jeans. Look at it as an opportunity to create something new and beautiful!
Angela's article was featured in Issue 24 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!