For the Love of Upcycling:

Recycling Senior’s Knowledge of Upcycling                            

T-Shirt YarnCowichan Green Community is offering a series of Workshops, that have been funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, all about Upcycling “the stuff” that we accumulate, rather than sending it to the landfill.

What makes these workshops unique is that they are geared towards engaging Seniors as both instructors and participants, in conjunction with the community at large.  Seniors have a wealth of experience in crafting and Upcycling and these workshops provide an opportunity for them to share their knowledge and skills with others in the community.

Using reclaimed products from within the community, the Senior Mentors will host a series of 20 FREE workshops.  The focus will be on the various means in which common items can be Upcycled or reused and made useful again, which has almost become a lost art.  The ease of “throwing things away” has contributed to the lack of knowledge of upcycling and reusing, thus keeping things piling up in the landfill needlessly.

The first workshop is “Creating and Using T-Yarn”.  T-yarn is created from tee shirts and can even upcycle tee shirts that can’t be given away to Thrift shops, due to staining, which would make them automatically part of the landfill problem. T-yarn can then be used to knit, crochet or even macrame new items that will extend the use of the tee shirts well into the future! This first workshop will be held Monday, June 26th at the Cowichan Green Community and snacks are provided. Space is limited, so please register early.

For our next workshop, click here!

For more information about either becoming a Senior Mentor or attending the workshops, please drop into Cowichan Green Community’s Garden Pantry Store, Tuesday through Saturday 10am-4:30pm, or email


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