Upcycling is a great way to make use of old, damaged, or unwanted products by transforming them into something new and improved, rather than letting them go to waste. When it comes to home design, people typically use upcycling to create decorative accent pieces, but who’s to say you can’t upcycle in home remodel as well?
Did you know that an average sofa’s estimated average carbon footprint is equivalent to 10.1 gallons of consumed gasoline? It’s true!
Back in 2011, the Furniture Industry Research Association or FIRA for short, took it upon themselves to find out furniture’s carbon footprint, and the results were quite shocking.
We can all agree that many of us have a few empty boxes laying around. While you can recycle your boxes at your nearest recycling facility, or use them to organize your home or workspace, you can also use leftover boxes in creative, fun ways with your kids.
Below, you’ll find three fun and easy projects with step-by-step instructions. You likely have most of the craft supplies already, and your kids can customize each project depending on which materials you have on hand. Read on to turn your cardboard boxes into functional art.
The term upcycling is also known as “creative reuse”. By reusing plastic, upcycling helps reduce the amount of plastic that can end up in the environment and may help us avoid purchasing new plastic products. The more we can refuse single-use plastic and reuse what is already out there, the more sustainable our future will be. Together we can prevent plastic pollution!
Deodorants are (for many of us) a must-have and most of times they come in plastic containers, some in glass with the cap and roll-on made of plastic or in spray cans. If you have the time to DIY your deo we’re sharing below a recipe (if you make your own, please share with us your experience). If not… there are some plastic-free options you can purchase (in tin or glass containers with natural ingredients), just ask in your local bulk shop. While making this round-up of ideas on how to Repurpose the empty Deo Containers, we read about a refillable deo by humankind… which could also solve the problem of disposable plastic.
If you live in the USA: “Through Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Brigade, you can fill a box with any brand of deodorant tubes, soap containers and other bathroom leftovers and mail it back to Terracycle for recycling. Some deodorant tubes may also be accepted through municipal curbside or drop-off programs in your area. To determine the materials from which your tubes are made, start by checking the bottom of the tube for the numbered plastic. Before recycling in your curbside bin, remove the dial from the bottom of the tube and be sure to rinse out your tubes with warm water and soap to remove any residual product.” – PC