I'm a huge fan of upcycling. As a creative, I take great pleasure in turning something which may look trashy or ordinary, into something which looks absolutely beautiful. And not only do you end up with a great end result when done well, but you also make use of what would otherwise be waste.
Well, CanvasPop, an online shop which prints photographs on canvas of all shapes and sizes decided to create a little upcycling project of their own. However, they're also upping the game by using the profits as donations to charity.
As we expect most photography printing services to, CanvasPop holds themselves to high standards and in doing so, sometimes a canvas print of a photograph won't make it past the quality inspection stage. Also, as you would expect, plenty of excess "border-space" canvas gets cut off when wraps are being made.
Up until now, they would just toss the waste in the trash. But, with a little creative thinking, they decided to put the scraps to use. The use?
With the waste canvas, the team at CanvasPop cuts and stitches together both one panel and two panel wallets. With beautiful photographs taken by photographers across the globe, each wallet presents a unique aesthetic; something I think we can all appreciate.
But, as mentioned earlier, they not only want to minimize waste, they want to make a difference. So, after the production and support costs of creating the wallet, the profit ($5) goes towards charity: water, one of my personal favourite charities. Why did they choose charity: water?
Water security is fundamental to the health and well being of the hundreds of millions of people who do not have access to safe and clean drinking water. We are strong proponents of charity: water's work in this area, their 100% donation model and their commitment to transparency.
Their offerings include "Featured Art" wallets, which use images from some of their most consistent customers, as well as "Surprise Me" wallets, which are taken from various photographers work; photographers like us. Don't worry though, as before they use any of your scraps, they will call the photographer whose print(s) they are using and obtain permission and also give a royalty of each sale to the artist who donates the image.
If you're looking for more information, head on over to the "Learn More" page and give it a read. If you're looking to purchase a Remade Wallet, I'm sure they would be happy to see you visit their store. I just recently purchased a wallet which I admire, but I can definitely see myself purchasing a couple as gifts.
It's great to see photography vendors and photographers work together to provide not only an upcycled product, but give the profits to a better cause. After all,
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston Churchill