Fashion brand Salvatore Ferragamo launched an upcycled collection, with 2022 auspicious tiger print!

Did upcycled or recycled fashion always sounds cheap and old?

No its not neccessarily have to be like that way!

And we are glad that, the fashion industry is taking the lead in embracing circular economy, and launching upcycled collection.

Here it is from Salvatore Ferragamo!

Salvatore Ferragamo launches 300-piece upcycled collection Icon-Up

Italian luxury house Salvatore Ferragamo has continued their pledge towards sustainability by releasing a limited edition capsule called Icon-Up of upcycled shoes and belts.

This upcycled collection is launched on 3oo piece collection is created in Italy using entirely upcycled materials from Ferragamo’s archives and inventory, resulting in a unique capsule where each style is one-of-a-kind.

The house 2 iconic shoe styles, such as the Varina and Vara shoes utilise existing materials and products from their inventory that might’ve otherwise gone used. When it came to selecting the prints for the shoes and belts, the inspiration traces back to the exhibit at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence, Italy.

AND tiger? Tigers have always been an important part of Ferragamo’s world, and with the Year of the Tiger, 2022, quickly approaching, perhaps it’s the time to get some festive gear.

Salvatore Ferragamo
Aside from it’s aesthetic importance, each tiger print is digitally printed with silk onto the shoe’s upper, a method that limits waste.

How Salvatore Ferragamo upcycle the collection?

  1. All the shoes utilized in the collection were pulled from the brand’s inventory, along with the silk fabric used for the bows that grace the shoes and belts. As many of the accessories from the inventory had to be deconstructed, repurposed, and then reconstructed again to create the beloved Vara and Varina silhouettes, thus its a tedious work and requires intensive craftmanship.
  2. Another highlight of this collection is the silk bows, which are included on both the shoes and belts. These bows were created from repurposed silk that was recovered from foulards, ties, pochettes, and stoles from the Ferragamo archive. To turn these accessories into bows, and give them a second life, each silken piece had to be deconstructed by artisans and reworked into the elegant yet undone bow shapes we see in the capsule.
  3. Each style from the Icon-Up capsule collection comes packaged in a reusable drawstring bag created from upcycled fabrics, and a box made from recycled materials.

Read more: Non-leather Chanel bags

Tokyo’s Olympic medals were made from recycled materials

Japan Olympic medal

Do you still remember the Japan town with zero waste, Kamikatsu?

The Tokyo Olympics 2021

This year 2021, the medalists at the Tokyo Olympic Games are the first ones in the history of the competition to win medals made out of recycled electrical goods, where most of its coming from mobile phones. These highly desired prizes were crafted from more than six million reused mobile phone parts, part of an effort by organizers to make this year’s competition environmentally friendly.

A broader sustainability effort

According to ZME Science, the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics aimed to create a “minimal impact games,” though a series of steps outlined in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Sustainability Plan. The games are aiming to move “towards zero carbon” by focusing on “maximum energy savings and use of renewable energy,” the plan reads.

Thus, as part of a larger sustainability effort by the organizers in Tokyo to make the Olympics greener, all the medals in Tokyo’s Olympic are made entirely of recycled materials!

Olympische Sommerspiele 2020 | Projekt Medaillen, Recycling Elektronische Geräte

This year’s gold, silver, and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medals were produced from recycled small electronic devices like cell phones.

According to Insider, the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project collected 78,985 tons of electronic devices over the 2 years periods (a national effort!), where they collected 6.21 million cell phones from across Japan to produce the 5,000 Olympic medals that will be awarded in Tokyo.

The gold, silver, and bronze elements of the devices were obtained through smelting, a process that involves heating and melting to extract a base metal.

The bigger picture

Japanese will be the first to have all of the Olympic medals made out of recycled material, however this sustainability concept is not new. In the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 30% of the sterling silver to make the gold and silver medals were obtained from recycled materials such as car parts and mirror surfaces.

With the increasing global heated issue on social progress and environmental stewardship, its hopeful that the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project will set a precedent for the Paris Games in 2024 and the next Olympic Games!

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Where to donate unwanted clothes in Penang?

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Do you want to donate your clothes in Penang? Or you want to donate your old clothes in Penang, but don’t know where to donate?

Working from home for while and you noticed that there are a lot of the clothes that you have in your closet? Where to donate unwanted clothes in Penang?

Sometimes, we make purchases thinking we need them but after a while they outlive their purpose. Rather than just letting these items lay around unused, we can always donate them to individuals that can put it to better use. Let’s donate old or unused clothes in Penang!

This way, you’ll get to declutter your closet and donate old clothes in Penang,  to help someone else, and you’ll also help cut down environmental waste in the long run.

Here is where you can donate your old clothes in Penang!

Sweet Nana Vong

If you have some new or old clothes that you want to donate in Penang, you may contact Sweet Nana Vong.

Sweet Nana Vong Penang


*Sweet Nana Vong located in Tanjong Bungah, Penang. Sweet Nana Vong will help customers to collect old clothes and donate to the needy, at no charge!

Thank you very much for your generosity!

Circular Economy: How and where to begin?

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The traditional “take and dispose”  or linear economy is reaching the tipping point.

To grasp the scale of circular economy opportunities, we must understand the limits of the current linear economic model.

Circular economy: Where to begin?

  • Integrate life-cycle thinking

Future successful businesses will
maximize the economic value of every unit of
resource used. They will incorporate a circular
mindset into the design of their products and
services, and they will not fail to consider
end-of-life consequences before it’s too late.

The earlier companies integrate circular thinking
and processes into the product or service,
there will be greater opportunity to create the most

  • Collaborate

Also, collaboration is essential to achieve
a circular economy, both externally and
internally. Internally, individuals and teams must
work across departments and geographies
to identify opportunities, implement and scale
across the organization. Externally, companies
must work with value chain partners,
stakeholders and sectors with complementary
goals and objectives.

Regardless in the form of a
joint venture, merger, customer relationship or
a general partnership, collaboration has been
and will continue to be a main characteristic
of successful circular programs

  • Know your flows

One of the most valuable
exercises a company can do as it
begins to think about the circular
economy is to map its resource
flows – including materials, water,
energy and money. In doing
so, companies can establish
benchmarks to measure
progress, at the same time understanding
linear risk and identifying circular

Resource: WBCSD 8 Business Cases for the Circular Economy

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A recovery path to circular economy post COVID-19

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In the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Government around the world has put in a lot of money for a recovery that is in alignment with other global challenges. Many see a rare opportunity to build a resilient and low-carbon economic recovery. Achieving this goal requires governments to take critical actions that not only focus on safeguarding national economies during crises, but that also pave the path toward a wider and more resilient economic transformation against future global risks.

The circular economy, as an instrument to decouple economic growth
from resource use and environmental impact, opens up the way for
a resilient recovery.

In fact, circular economy not only addresses the negative impacts of the
linear economy, but more importantly it represents a systemic shift
that builds long-term resilience, generates business and economic
opportunities, and provides environmental and societal benefits.

A circular economy offers a tangible pathway towards a low-carbon and prosperous recovery.

Therefore, circular economy remains highly relevant as new sources of growth and economic renewal.

Achieving such a recovery will require the rethinking, resetting, and redesigning of the economy from one that is merely reactive in a time of
crisis to one that is prosperous, inclusive, low-carbon, and mitigates the risk of future crises.

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