There is a hip new trend in Recycling called Upcycling. I will not pretend that this is really a new thing, as people have been repurposing items for years, but it now has become a staple for websites like Pinterest. There is even a competition television show about Upcycling called “Flea Market Flip.” It has also grown into a cottage industry with businesses like Hipcycle and countless Etsy shops that sell repurposed products.
Upcycling is a mix of interior decorating, do-it-yourself (DIY) ethos, and wooden pallets, seriously a lot of pallets. These projects can range from simple to complex or functional to purely aesthetic. For some, they like the challenge of finding atypical ways of using items around their homes. Others enjoy having complete creative control over the products in their homes.
What is really exciting about this is that it works to both reduce the consumption of raw materials and the amount of waste in landfills. By lowering your consumption you will also be saving money. You also can join the before mentioned people who sell some of their upcycled projects. Either way, you will benefit from the practice.
Once you start being creative with things you normally would throw away, you will start to see the world through the filter of how you can repurpose items. Also, this is not something that will be new to you. As kids, we all repurposed items around us, whether building a ramp for our bicycles or a fortress for our action figures. There is no need to buy designated things like pencil holders or likewise products.
You can brand your projects with your personal touches. Instead of standing in the store deciding which lamp or coffee table represents you, you can make your own. On top of that, it will potentially be of higher quality than a mass produced product. You will take pride in your handiwork and you will be content with the knowledge that no one else has the exact same item.
Lastly, many of these projects are things you can do with the family. What a better way to spend a quality day together working on projects. Or coming up with something that nobody has imagined. Do you have any ideas for a great project? How about a story about projects you have done? Let me know at email@example.com.