By Fredrica Syren:
I love meeting people in general, but I particularly love meeting people who inspire others in an eco-friendly and sustainable way. When I met Emilie Sandstrom at a local organic store and café, she was busy knitting. She explained that she likes keeping her hands busy.
Emilie might be a young woman just starting her life as she heads off to college this fall to study food and environmental science, but she is already a business owner of Reuse and Renew. Emilie began this business a year ago. it’s a jewelry business focusing on reuse, reduction and recycling. She designs pieces using only old supplies and knick-knacks. Emilie wants to create a sustainable future by encouraging people to buy recycled/upcycled jewelry.
This entrepreneur draws the inspiration for her designs from other people and the environment. For example, some pieces have been inspired from her recent trip to Japan. “Everything there is so very cute and that inspired me to make a lot of cute designs such as bows,” Emilie explains.
Her goal is to use material that is free in order to keep down cost, but also to use material that others might view as garbage. For a little keepsake box, Emilie used a discarded matchbook and pages from an old book her mom had placed in a recycling bin. “I believe in making the world we live in sustainable and, therefore, the idea of my shop is to open your eyes to a world of change to help our Earth, our home.”
All the designs are unique and personally handmade by Emilie. She loves to disassemble jewelry and rebuild it into something beautiful. All of Emilie’s designs can be found onEtsy.
It’s so great to see young people who actually care about the environment and all the issues threatening it, and who use their creative skills to make a difference.