My Mission

The mission of ivy originals is to create custom designed, functional products in creative ways to support a green environment.

 Ivy Shelton

Ivy Shelton

ivy originals roots go back to the time of the first Earth Day celebration, founded in-part by Senator Gaylord Nelson from my home state of Wisconsin.  I came from an environmentally conscious family before it was en vogue to go green.  My father was a soil conservationist who worked tirelessly with farmers to prevent devastating erosion to their land.  My mother has been an environmental activist especially in the conservation of cranes.  When my boyfriend (now husband) gave me kidney bean sacks from the farm he was working on, I up-cycled them into a skirt.  It became one of my first repurposed designs and ivy originals was born.

Over the decades as I spent time as a school bus driver, youth soccer registrar, speech-language pathologist, wife and mother ivy originals continued to grow and evolve with the times.  The 2000’s saw the creation of designer eco-bags and in recent years more  custom designed wearable pieces.

The U.S. generates an estimated 25 billion pounds of textile wast a year from clothing, bedding, draperies and other sources, amounting to about 82 pounds per U.S. resident.  Only 15 percent gets donated or recycled.  The remaining 85-70 pounds per person goes into our landfills.

Become a textile recycler with ivy originals. Take a look at the various types of custom designs listed under that menu item and start your creation.


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