Upcycling is converting waste materials or useless things into something new and better than what they were before.
It’s extremely sustainable to upcycle as it skips the energy needs and efforts required to recycle and of course it still keeps materials away from landfill by giving them a new life.
I just love the fact that with a little imagination you can turn something unwanted and discarded into a unique masterpiece.
Just think of the very basic properties of things around you: jars can hold jam just as they can hold buttons or paper clips, a piece of material can cover something or cat be sewn into something else, cut up…
I’m really not that good at building things or arts and crafts but I managed to upcycle 2 things recently:
Lime pickle Jar
Up to a few weeks ago I kept my cotton wool in the plastic bag it comes in from the shop, hanging in the bathroom. Not a great sight. So I was wondering how I could keep some cotton wool in the bathroom without that plastic eyesore.
I love lime pickle and the Sharwood’s brand one comes in a really lovely shaped jar. I decided to wash it and reuse it.
I had some old nail varnish that had gone a bit gloopy and was no longer suitable for painting my nails so I painted the jar’s lid with it. Here is the result!
Definitely nicer than a plastic bag! It’s very simple and I like it 🙂
The second object I upcycled was my electronic dictionary box. When I bought it in China I thought this sturdy box would be great to reuse, I therefore shipped it back to the U.K. together with other China goodies and, after 3 years, I finally carried out my plan and covered it with some really beautiful thick wrapping paper.
The wrapping paper came from a birthday present my boyfriend gave me so that too was upcycled.
Now I just need to think what to put in it.
Isn’t this a cool idea? This picture comes from a very interesting article on the innovation diaries about how upcycling is actually better than recycling.
Do you upcycle? Do you have any upcycling suggestions or idea?