Upcycling” has been the new ‘it’ word for a while now, and it’s helping damaged goods prove they are still worthy of use and affection. Here’s the quick and dirty version of the difference between upcycling and recycling: Upcycling is taking a used product in its current state and turning it into something new and useful, while recycling breaks down a used product before turning it into something new and useful. By eliminating the initial break down of the product, upcycling lends itself to being an even greener, more eco-friendly version of recycling.
There’s tons of upcycle information on the internet. A quick search will return pages of sites offering useful ideas to convert items from old and broken to new again. Here are a few I like:
- Upcycling is my collection of upcycled items I’ve discovered on Pinterest. There are many other Boards to browse as well
- HGTV gives old items new life with simple upcycling how-tos and decorating ideas.
- UpcycleThat offers upcycling ideas, inspiration and tutorials. They aim to inspire people to creatively repurpose and reuse what they already have.
- Upcycle Creative Reuse Center promotes artistic expression, environmental awareness and community engagement through the collection and redistribution of reusable materials.
Before discarding old items consider giving them new life. If you don’t have the time, patience, or creativity, donate it to an organization that will upcycle the item for someone else. It’s a great thing to do!