"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."
- The Velveteen Rabbit.
Every toy longs to become Real, but what if that just doesn't happen? What if you've got bad timing? What if you're the fifteenth bear received by a child, a child who no longer plays with stuffed animals to begin with? Chances are you'll be donated to a repository, and very possibly forgotten...Unless...you're lucky enough to be rescued and transformed into an Outsider. With a mind for recycling and sensitivity to the plight of the unloved toy, Atelier Volvox has developed a procedure for giving abandoned stuffed animals a new lease on life. The Outsiders are plush toys that have been turned inside out (eyes and all) and resewn. (True, they look a little funny, but who doesn't?) It's an idea that earned the designers top honors at the Recycling Design Preis 2012 in Germany, and we think it has DIY written all over it. After all, every toy deserves a second chance to become Real...
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