I have been in a penpal group already for almost two years and this has been a great opportunity for me to put my upcycling into action (and use up all the material I’ve been not throwing away from the times before we adopted a zero waste lifestyle, or at least we have tried to). So, in this post I’ll show you the cards I made for my snail mail, as simple as they may look, they were all made with ecogreenlove. Also, I have included some cute Etsy ideas at the end.
Remember our post about 💚 Reusing Wine Cork and 💚 Reusing Glass Bottles? (If you haven’t already, go check them out because there are even more ideas!) This infographic is complementary to those, only summarised and pictured as an infographic showing 2 ways how to cut the glass bottles and 5 ideas how to repurpose them.
“Everything can be used in one way or another and be given a new purpose and life in your home so don’t be in a rush to throw things away. We do live in a consumerist society where money and assets have become our primary goal in life but just because we buy new things everyday it does not mean the old ones are useless. Find creative ways to reuse them, adapt their function and obtain new beautiful items for your home and garden. Make beautiful wine bottle centerpieces or glass lamps and chandeliers; cut them to make candle holders and unique food plates. Just let your imagination do the work for you and be creative.“
In this piece, we give you some fantastic ways to treat your dog by building them some really simple and engaging toys. Not only will you be giving your dog something he’ll love and cherish, you’ll also be keeping the cost down, which is another bonus. These ideas include some really fun toys, a feeding station, a doggy puzzle to get your pooch thinking, an awesome washing station and a really easy to make dog house.
An alternative to recycling is upcycling, or reusing materials and things you would have otherwise thrown away. This gives a new life and a new use to things without requiring any extra resorting or processing.
The team at Personal Creations made a graphic showing how you can upcycle items around the home to keep it out of the garbage. There are 40 ideas overall and there’s inspiration and examples for different materials you commonly have at home.
So the next time you’re headed to the trash or recycle bin check out this graphic and think about if there’s a good use you could put that item to first:
“If you eat Asian food, you have the experience of using single-use chopsticks. Almost 25 million trees and bamboo plants are needed. So, in order to avoid such waste, people started repurposing them.“
ecotip: Have your own set of reusable chopsticks, and whenever you go to a restaurant or order takeout, tell them not to include chopsticks 🙂