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.
Upcycling, or Creative reuse, is the process of taking materials or products that are no longer wanted or needed and through creativity, transforming them into works of art, items of home decoration, or something else useful. It’s seen a resurgence in recent years, with repurposing becoming more popular as we become more aware of the limit of our resources and the impact we have on the earth as a species.
With sites like Pinterest, you can now get plenty of ideas for upcycling your unwanted items. The Rug Seller decided to take a look into what old rugs could be creatively turned into. It was quite surprising how many options there were, but in this infographic we dig into just a few. We’ll show you how to turn your rug in an accessory for your favourite outfit, how to make it into something to keep your cat occupied and how to revamp it for more use as a rug.
If you’re looking to repurpose one of your old rugs, or even something else in your home, we hope this will give you some inspiration to get creative and try something new. What have you got to lose?
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.“
“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 🙂
Updated: June 2016
You know these things, you may see them every single day if you drink milk or juice from tetra pak. Since we landed to Heidelberg, I’ve been collecting these plastic pull tabs hoping one day to upcycle / repurpose them, but it has been difficult to find really cool ideas, but today I decided to put together the ones that are really worth sharing. The most common one you find plenty of tutorials about is the ring for kids, but here are others that may be of interest. Now I just have to choose one to start with on my own!
Hope you find them inspirational and if you have an idea of your own or you have seen something not showing here, let us know! Any contribution is welcome 🙂
Christmas is coming. Before you go off on your merry way and max out the credit card, leaving a trail of landfill bound debris in your wake, check out this Christmas roundup we have published in the past so you can be kinder to the environment, create less waste and save some cash too:
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If you have more ideas, please let us know!