Following the original discussion about The Words Project I created this list of words, they are not all my own ideas as a lot were inspired by members of the Up-Cycled Cloth collective. The list was created originally for my own purposes to help me rethink my own wording and even thinking about the use of language when talking about my own re/up-cycled textiles but since some have mentioned not knowing what words to use I’m publishing it now to serve as inspiration.

For the purposes of The Words Project you do NOT need to use a unique word, or even a real already-established-as-meaning-recycled- word, use a word that means something to you, that you personally tie to the re-use of textiles. This is all about changing the language, making it positive, making it inspiring! It doesn’t matter if a hundred people use exactly the same word.

So use this list to inspire you, maybe one of these words triggers an idea for you to create using it, maybe the list inspires you to find and use another word, it doesn’t matter – it’s your piece and your work so choose your word!

rejuvenated

reinvented

reused

re purposed

rescued

re-loved

pre loved

redesigned

refabricated

rematerialised

repaired

renewed

resusitated

reviatalised

value added

restored

re-used

re-vamped

regenerated

renovated

born again

reimagined

reincarnated

experienced

salvaged

throw back

resouled

character rich

metaphorphosis

reshaped

perpetual

ascended

enlivened

reborn

replenished

revived

re embraced

uplifted

evolved

reshaped

conserved

rebirth

re-vibed

rethreaded

bricolage

re fab

re-valued

refashioned

re-made

re spirited