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The ultimate in recycle-reuse  

Frances finds an award-winning shop just around the corner

By Frances Sedgwick
True North Perspective

Frances Sedgwick's keen eye and ear for the human condition reveals the heart and soul of Parkdale in southwest Toronto, one of the country's most turbulent urban areas where the best traditions of human kindness prevail against powerful forces that would grind them down. True North Perspective proudly presents a column by writer Frances Sedgwick. Her critical observation combined with a tender sense of humour will provide you with something to think about ... and something to talk about.

When I was in Ottawa over the holiday season I went to an Arts and Craft Show in the Glebe at the Lansdowne Stadium. 
I was fascinated by one particular booth.
The booth sold bags - laptops, backsacks, purses, everything you can image.
These products were special because they were made from re-used materials from wrecked cars.
Seatbelts, car seat leather, exploded airbags, everything imaginable.
I was so interested in this that I spent at least half-an-hour talking with the attendant, who, I later learned, was Sven Scehlegel a co-founder of this venture.
He tirelessly explained the process of how they got the material for free from junk yards, sanitized it, re-used it.
I couldn't help thinking of this as a great way to use up some of the discarded material in the many junk yards familiar to us all.
To me it was ingenious.
At home in Parkdale I was walking up Roncesvalles Ave when I noticed a particularly interesting shop called Mariclaro at 457 Roncesvalles just North of Howard Park.
I walked in and much to my surpise I saw the very same bags I had seen in Ottawa.
I walked to the back of the store and there was Willa Murray working on a heavy duty sewing machine making these bags and other items made from all the recycled materials! I learned that she was the other co-founder of this creative venture.
I couldn't help looking on in disbelief.
I told her the story of seeing these very same bags in Ottawa at a Craft Show.
Well, how do you like that? This creative venture was going on right here in my own backyard!
Please visit the website of this wonderful Workshop and Boutique and learn more about them, and how to purchase their products.
Mariclaro received the 2011 National Globe Award, the Honorary Small Business Award for the Best Green Consumer Product.
My Parkdale

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