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
Around 22 million pieces of furniture are discarded per year in the UK and fewer than 1 in 10 people consider repairs to extend the lifespan of their furnishings.
For the sake of the environment and to avoid perfectly good pieces of furniture going to waste – a change of attitude to becoming more mindful of eco-friendly options is necessary, and it’s crucial that we aren’t compromising on this for the sake of chasing an interior design bargain.
Mattress Online have created a guide to upcycling and sustainability including what we can do to reuse, renovate and recycle.
This visual highlights 24 road trip hacks from organizational tips to life-saving apps — like free overnight camping and pitstop finders — you’ll be prepared to hit the road knowing you’ve covered all the bases.
There are some nice repurpose hints there 😉
What better way to guide your kids into a green lifestyle than playing and crafting together with them showing them there can be other purposes to something broken or used. Here is an activity you might enjoy with your kids: reusing a sponge, very simple and quick going green.