Upcycling - you've heard that before, haven't you?
Wikipedia says: "In upcycling, waste products or (apparently) useless substances are converted into new products. In contrast to downcycling, this form of recycling leads to material upgrading. The reuse of what is already there Material reduces the use of raw materials. "
What does upcycling mean for the manufacture of products from canvas?
Sails are usually made of polyester fibers that are bonded together with resin. Due to the sun's rays and the tensile forces that arise when the wind acts, sails lose their shape and stability. A sail that is no longer well positioned no longer converts wind power into propulsion, but rather into heeling, the speed of the boat decreases. It must be replaced now at the latest. The old sails are usually disposed of and land in the garbage. In the upcycling process, however, beautiful new products are made from worn sails.
The old sails are washed first. Then patterns of bags or jackets and many other beautiful products such as chair covers are put on. Even the smallest residue becomes a pillowcase. The cutting patterns are drawn on the sail and cut out. The new products are created from these pieces of the sail. Of course, these are sewn in the sailmaker's stitch and retain their original components necessary for sailing, such as stag riders, riders, clews and liqueurs. This is what makes the new products so distinctive and sporty at the same time.