Sunday , 22 October 2017

Don’t trash that Umbrella!

Today has been a pretty horrible day rain-wise.  The dogs have been giving me grief about going out in the pouring rain and I had another bad umbrella day…Today, I was helping out at a Career Event at John Abbott College.  When the event finished,  only about 5 minutes into the rain, my umbrella suddenly exploded, tore and suddenly it looked like I had much more metal than I started out with.  The umbrella was a goner!

But this time, I decided that the umbrella would be brought home and I would find some way to recycle or re-use.  At first, it seemed an impossble task until a friend, and fellow dog lover, suggested I go check out  Recycling Zychal and what this fellow animal lover has chosen to do with broken umbrellas.

I love this girl and do not even know her!  Taryn has decided that broken umbrellas are not for  landfill!  She recycles the nylon into cat toys, dog coats and even rain hoodies for the humans who want quality hand-made goods made out of the nylon generated from an incredible amount of broken umbrellas that we humans go through every year.

Even though I have changed my way of thinking, there are still many of us that think that picking up the good old cheapy umrellas will do the trick…. but we all know what they will really withstand…not much.. and they quickly end up in the garbage and then the landfill!  Thanks to Taryn, maybe we will consider sending those cheap broken ones to her so that it is not all a waste and we can see the positive side of dealing with broken umbrellas especially on days like today when Montreal fall weather is not all that pleasant.

Taryn from Recycling Zychal started the business about 6 years ago.  I was surprised to find out that she had also read Skinny Bitch; highlighting the benefits of vegan-ism and promoting and adopting eating habits that do not include products / ingredients coming from any living animal.  From this, her desire to start a cruelty-free business came about.

Recycling Zychal is not about silk, wool or leather- it is about recycled fabric from the nylon from broken umbrellas- one of those will eventually be the one I broke today!  Taryn actually receives over 200 broken umbrellas a year from people, all over the world, who want their broken umbrellas to go to a better place than in the garbage!

I am hoping that she will also eventualy be able to look to Montrealers and West Islanders for donatons as well. For every broken umbrella received by Recycling Zychal $1 will be donated to a list of animal assistance organizations, shelters and causes.

To send you broke umbrella or broken umbrellas ( I know you have a few) to Recycling Zychal, use the address below and know that you are contributing to a greater good!

Recycling Zychal
c/o: Taryn Zychal
2033 Spruce St #BR
Philadelphia PA 19103
United States

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2 comments

  1. Wow! Thanks for the info! Believe it or not my husband’s umbrella broke today and mine as well! Will be sending 2!

  2. hey, this is Taryn from Recycling Zychal, I LOVE this article!! Two things I also love are Canada and pugs so that picture you have here is in my eyes, PERFECT! One thing, please do not send your broken umbrellas to the etsy HQ! You have to send them directly to me at my address listed below:
    Recycling Zychal
    c/o: Taryn Zychal
    2033 Spruce St #BR
    Philadelphia PA 19103
    United States

    I also made a video that makes it easy and cheaper to send the broken umbrella nylon to me by stripping it from the metal skeleton. You can check that video out here:
    http://www.recyclingzychal.com/donate.html

    Thank you again for this amazing article, I love everyone who loves broken umbrellas, I really appreciate the support! 🙂

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