Guest Blog: Indie is the new Green by Jessica Gonacha – Wearable Recyclables

by guest contributor Jessica Gonacha

Today, I thought it would be fun to highlight some innovative clothing and jewelry that’s made from recycled materials. It all started with this image:


Isn’t this incredible? The outfit was created by  Val Hunt and is made from drink cans, bottle tops, carrier bags, and plastic bottles, and I am amazed at how beautiful it is. (Originally seen on the haute*nature blog)


Deborah Milner of Aveda Ecoture created a collection of dresses made from recycled materials (plastic, etc.), and the results are stunning. You can see more on the Inhabitat blog right here.


This necklace by Spacefruit is just so cool, don’t you think? It’s made of plastic shampoo bottles picked up on beaches! Love it. (Discovered via Great Green Goods)


I love these black plastic bag dresses– originally found on splinder.


All this jewelry is made from recycled newspapers, expired coupons, dollar bills & other old paper! Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, cuff links, you name it!


This dress and corsage by textile artist Gina Ferrari are pretty darn creative, I must say!

GREEN CHALLENGE: Make something out of a plastic bag! Teach yourself to crochet or knit with it and make a bag! Make a necklace or earrings! Post your creations to the Indie is the New Green flickr group!

About the contributor: Jessica Gonacha is an artist from Atlanta, Georgia who is endlessly creating. Her work includes paintings, drawings, illustrations, and paper goods and is vibrant, colorful, and charming. Her work can be found on her site, in her Etsy shop and in the Indie Fixx Shop. You can also read more about Jessica and her work on her blog.