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What is Upcycling?

What is upcycling? Well, simply put, upcycling is the process of transforming waste materials or unwanted products into new, higher-value items with improved functionality or aesthetic appeal. It is a creative and environmentally-friendly approach to recycling and waste reduction.

Unlike traditional recycling, which often involves breaking down materials to create new products, upcycling focuses on repurposing and giving new life to existing materials without degrading the quality and composition of the material. The goal is to extend the lifespan of objects and reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

Upcycling can involve various materials, including furniture, clothing, electronics, packaging, silverware and more. Instead of discarding these items, they are creatively redesigned, repaired, or transformed into something useful or beautiful. This process requires imagination, craftsmanship, and innovative thinking to see the potential in discarded or overlooked materials.

By upcycling, not only are new products created, but the environmental impact is reduced. It helps conserve resources, reduces energy consumption, minimizes pollution associated with manufacturing new goods, and prevents the release of harmful substances into the environment.

Upcycling has gained popularity in recent years as people become more aware of the importance of sustainability and reducing waste. The concept of upcycling encourages consumers to rethink their relationship with products and waste. Instead of discarding items, people are encouraged to explore their potential for repurposing or to support businesses that specialize in upcycled products. Upcycling promotes a more circular economy, where materials and resources are used more efficiently and waste is minimized.

At Laughing Frog Studio (LFS) our design approach is always made with creative sustainability in mind! All of our creations are made from vintage and antique silverware that is headed for the landfill because most younger generations do not want the family silverware. At LFS, we take that silverware and upcycle it rather than recycle it. In other words, we do not degrade the base material of the silverware, which is an amalgam of metals, by melting it down. Instead, we take the existing metal composition and use our imagination to create something new.

When creating our upcycled silverware designs, there are times when we try to honor the original piece by letting the original silverware design shine - spoon rings, spoon handle bracelets, etc. Other times, we create a design that you would not even KNOW was made from upcycled pieces silverware - we take parts and pieces of the silverware and design, cut and/or embellish them into completely new creations. But ALWAYS, it is silverware saved from demise.




Laughing Frog Studio

Matt and Jen Edmondson Owners of Laughing Frog Studio in Cat Spring, Texas

Every creation you purchase from Laughing Frog Studio is made by me or Matt -that’s it! There are only two of us and we employ all of the imperfectly perfect, painstakingly glorious handmade methods of creating. You will receive an authentically unique, beautiful truly handmade, upcycled silverware creation from the two of us that is made with love.

Laughing Frog Studio’s mission is to create high-quality, handmade, unique and one-of-a-kind upcycled vintage silverware jewelry, accessories and housewares that enchant the creative spirit, honor the eco-friendly lifestyle, and spread kindness and a sprinkle of humor as often as possible.

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Handmade: Made by Hand & With Love




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