We are huge fans of just about anything upcycled – from art to furniture to clothing – and it seems that the eco trend is catching on. Last month, the International Herald Tribune‘s Suzy Menkes, an influential fashion writer, dubbed “upcycling” the buzzword among London’s sartorial circles. For those unfamiliar with the term, upcycling means taking a used or discarded product — in the fashion world, this usually means textile scraps or leftovers — and refashioning it to create an entire new product of higher quality. Designer Orsola de Castro, known to many as the “Queen of Upcycling,” recently shared her upcycling tips at an EcoChic Design Academy seminar.