Two things I love are fashion and this Earth! I try to recycle as much as I can; it gets hard when you live in a residence building that doesn’t separate which bin is for what material. But other than separating your plastics from your cardboards there are other ways you can recycle. That is what founder and designer of Native Trashion, Lindsay Elizabeth, discovered one day. Head down below to read more!
Last summer I stumbled across this vendor at Warped Tour and she started talking to me about her accessories and how she hand-made them from recycled material. I was so intrigued that ever since then, I’ve been following her company Native Trashion. Both my headband and necklace are from her store and they are two of my favorite accessories, especially the bullet necklace I wear it all the time. I recently got to speak to her again and asked her a few questions: 1. What inspired you create a brand that uses recycled materials?
As a kid, I was always making jewelry from whatever I could get my hands on. I hadn’t even thought of it as recycling at the time, just that I needed more supplies and reusing old materials was a good way to do that. Then I had learned how to make beads out of old magazine pages. That’s when it sort of clicked for me… If one page from a magazine could make an entire bracelet, why do we throw out magazines?
That’s when designing became more of a mission than a hobby. If I can make a huge supply of bracelets from one discarded magazine, how many other things are we throwing away that can still have life? I want people to think before they put something in the trash. There are so many things we can reuse or give new purpose to (even beyond trendy accessories :P) instead of throwing them away.
2. How did the brand get started?
I pretty much just put my designs online and hoped someone would buy something! And to my surprise, I got a lot of orders and some really nice feedback. But what really kicked off the brand was vending at Warped Tour in 2013. Native Trashion’s message really seemed to resonate with the people there, and the exposure really helped me to expand and come up with new ideas.
3. What recycled materials were used for these products; the headband and the bullet necklace?
The headband is made from recycled silk scraps from a sari factory in India. They’re mostly ripped hems or pieces too short to do anything with. Usually those scraps are thrown out or burned, but I was able to find a vendor that saves them. I’ve used the scraps to make bracelets, headbands, and even dreamcatchers.
The necklace is made from a spent bullet casing and a turquoise stone. Bullet casings are usually just forgotten about on the ground after someone is at a shooting range, so I collect them to make necklaces out of.