People are so smart! A while ago, I got a comment from a reader in the UK who upcycles umbrellas into tote bags and sells them through her etsy shop. She also uses the umbrellas to make bicycle paniers, painting smocks, bunting and more. She tells me that one rainy weekend, she collected over 60 discarded umbrellas!
I thought that it was worth posting a link for any readers who are interested in placing an order at http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/176803426/upcycled-umbrella-tote-bag?ref=shop_home_active_1
The maker is the lovely Jo Bodley, and she has a written “how to” on her blog http://carminabiryani.blogspot.com/
Jo contacted me after seeing my attempt at making bean bags out of broken umbrellas.
Thanks so much Jo! In the UK, you seem to have some beautiful umbrella fabrics! In Fiji, the choice of trash to treasure is more limited. I am going to give the tote bags a try, after I finish making my chicken house out of plastic bottle bricks filled with coloured water.