An Inch of Warmth

2020 has been a turning point for humanity. The year that experienced an unprecedented pandemic no one was prepared for. Undoubtedly, it has taken a toll on many lives in various forms, in the extremity of which many lost their lives.

In a situation where so many people are feeling helpless and hopeless, is there anything that we can do in our capacity, we wondered. And then came the idea of #aninchofwarmth. An all inclusive drive which includes people of all ages and the specially abled group of people that we have been associated with since a few years.

A simple idea, where all you need to do is knit wool or crochet, into a 12″ by 12″ inch square of any color and drop it at our collection points located in Delhi and Gurgaon. For people who are not from these cities, we encouraged them to courier it to us.

These squares, after being stitched into a blanket by the specially abled group of people at Avacayam will then be distributed to the underprivileged.

It’s a drive to encourage all the talented people who love to knit, to come together and spread some cheer in a not so cheerful environment. Some warmth to people who don’t have anything to keep them warm. Some excitement to the ones who will stitch these colorful pieces together. And an opportunity to contribute to the society and the environment which we sometimes feel is far reaching.

An idea which has already had its initial ripple effects of reaching 7 cities in India and we are very close to completing our first blanket too.

Bottomline is, let’s change the equation from being receivers to being givers. The times are tough for everyone but there is always something one can give back or share.

Share your inch of warmth.

The White Light Travel Diary Series…

upcycled glass

In one of our previous posts we shared a version of upcyled shipping containers we found in Chennai, India. This post is about a conscious lifestyle change, not in anyone’s home, but in a hip restaurant in New Delhi.

The cutlery holder with upcylced bottle caps got full marks from us! We hope that more restaurants and outlets can adopt such a simple yet very cool change to save this city from being one of the worst in being environment friendly.

The Upcycled Art Series…

skateboard art, japanease

There are numerous artists whose work of art is inspirational and people spend hours in art galleries to analyze and admire their paintings and sculptures. We do the same thing, just that we particularly appreciate artists like Haroshi, from Japan, who create artwork from discarded materials. Haroshi’s passion to upcycle discarded skateboards into intricate work of art emerged from his infatuation for skateboards in his early teens.

The work of art speaks for itself, the complex, yet immaculate finish has left us in awe. If more artists emerge like him, who can convert waste into the extraordinary, the world will become a more beautiful place, aesthetically and environmentally.

What do you feel?

From The White Light Travel Diary

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In one of our recent visits to Chennai, we discovered the most fascinating version of upcycled shipping containers. The containers are creatively converted into a control room for traffic cops. Located right on the main road when you travel from the airport to the city, this container will not fail to catch the eye of an environment fanatic.

We’ve seen various versions of upcycled shipping containers but to find one in your country and being used by traffic cops is absolutely impressive. Don’t you think so?

Upcycled what in China?

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Steamer trays and wooden chopsticks are some of the most ubiquitous trash objects in China – and are thus the perfect to upcycle into something useful and durable at the ends of their short and eventual first lives, like this simple (but also functional and comfortable) wood stool design by B.A.S.E.

This hybrid upcycled object is more crafty and comfortable that it initially appears. The stacked steamer trays are light-weight but also critically hollow for a flexible foam insert which can be added in the middle. This padding combined with the free-to-move chopsticks sitting on top make it comfortable to sit on. We simply love this fantastic idea!

 

Upcycled Bracelets

It is our constant endeavor to search for cool upcycled products that people are designing and creating throughout the world. We make some and we gain inspiration from some. These very awesome bracelets we found on Etsy, upcycled from discarded plastic bags that are tightly wound on vintage copper bangle bracelets.  The seller, GarbageOfEdenDesign uses only used bags which she got from friends, family and people that responded to her ads.

What a superb way to upcycle the most dreaded plastic bags!