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Crafting Sustainable Eco-Art for Discerning Gardeners

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

In the world of eco-conscious gardening and sustainable living, Reuse All Detritus stands out as a haven for those who appreciate beauty, functionality, and environmental responsibility. Our mission revolves around transforming discarded waste into remarkable creations that redefine what sustainability and craftsmanship mean.


The Artistry Behind It All

Behind every piece of handwoven eco-art lies the craftsmanship of Russell Simpson, a dedicated Maker with a unique vision. Russell's journey, guided by a Master's Degree in Architecture and a deep commitment to environmental ethics, has led to the birth of Reuse All Detritus. This isn't just a business; it's a calling to create ethically Good projects that benefit our planet.


From the early days of origami and yarn arts to the current focus on upcycling plastic bags, Russell's path has always been guided by an artistic sensibility. Rather than resorting to energy-intensive processes or harmful chemicals, we opt for a more gentle approach. Instead of melting plastic, we hand-cut bags into loops and tie knots to create strips. This method not only preserves resources but also infuses our creations with a unique, speckled charm, reminding everyone of their origins.


A Symphony of Craftsmanship and Sustainability

Russell's dedication doesn't stop at plarn spinning. Each piece takes shape on a custom-built armature, carefully designed for sustainability. These armatures often find new life themselves, constructed from upcycled materials like bicycle wheels, chair parts, or reclaimed cardboard. When modern technology is needed, we integrate 3D printing and custom bolt assemblies, ensuring that form meets function seamlessly.

The result of this meticulous approach is a range of eco-art that transcends the ordinary. Our baskets and pots may appear primarily one color at first glance, but a closer look reveals a delightful speckling of many shades—a subtle testament to their eco-friendly origins.


A Tale of Time and Commitment

We want you to understand that our commitment to sustainability and quality requires time. While we've streamlined the process as more people join us in our mission, it still takes around 10 hours to transform a pile of plastic bags into the plarn needed to weave a single 14” basket. This dedication extends to processing between 120-200 bags for each basket—a testament to our commitment to waste transformation.


The weaving process adds another 4-5 hours of meticulous work, including our intricate 5-strand French braided arms for our hanging pots. Every minute invested in these creations is a step towards crafting something truly unique, both in aesthetics and sustainability.


Join Us in the Journey

At Reuse All Detritus, we invite you to join us on a journey of sustainability and craftsmanship. Our commitment to eco-friendly practices extends beyond the finished products; it's a way of life. We believe that even the smallest choices can have a profound impact on the environment and the world. For instance, Russell commutes in Bend by bicycle, and primarily shops at thrift stores.


By choosing our handwoven eco-art, you're not just acquiring a beautiful and functional piece; you're supporting a vision of a greener, more sustainable future. Each item tells a story of transformation, from discarded plastic bags to cherished eco-art, and your support is a vital chapter in this ongoing narrative.


Conclusion: Shaping a Greener Tomorrow

In a world where mass production often sacrifices quality and ethics, Reuse All Detritus stands as a beacon of hope. We prove that craftsmanship, sustainability, and artistry can coexist beautifully. Our products are more than just objects; they are the embodiment of a conscious choice to make the world a better place—one recycled plastic bag at a time.


As you hold one of our handwoven creations in your hands, remember that you're holding more than just a piece of art; you're holding a piece of a sustainable, eco-friendly future. Join us on this journey towards a brighter, greener tomorrow.


Together, we weave the future we want to see—one beautiful, sustainable creation at a time.

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