A Guide to Upcycling [Infographic]

A Guide to Upcycling [Infographic] | ecogreenlove

Originally Published by Tetra Pak Malaysia
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Inspirational infographic promoting upcycling for used beverage cartons.

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Reusing Easter Plastic Eggs

Once all the colourful plastic Easter eggs are found and opened, what do you do with them? If you’re not keen on keeping them in storage till next year, there are plenty of things you can use them for. From crafts to games to new toys, check out all the amazing things you and your little ones can create using these Easter trinkets.

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Reduce, reuse, recycle- Kinder Surprise by Tina Jeler
A lamp made with a Kinder plastic egg surprise {French}
Easter eggs are’t just for the kids. Create a tea light flight for your living room kitchen, or patio.

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Reusing old Pens

What do you do when you’ve finished with a used ink pen – toss it in the trash? Probably, because that’s what we all do. It’s about the only thing you can do with an old pen.

“According to the EPA, Americans throw away 1.6 billion disposable pens every year. Add the rest of the world, multiply by over 50 years of writing with disposable pens, and that’s a lot of metal and plastic waste ending up in landfill!  I suspect it’s just the tip of the iceberg, given the piles of disposable pens that many of us haven’t thrown out yet. Not to mention the refillable pens that we never take the trouble to refill. (…)

Fast forward to the age of Bic, and the advent of cheap, disposable pens. New habits were formed, and ballpoint pens (not refills) were soon sold by the pack. Now, everywhere we turn, someone is handing us an inexpensive pen with their company name on it. Many end up in a drawer, pencil cup or purse, never to see the light of day or fulfil their intended function. Others are pitched in the trash when they run dry.” As written by Fredrica Rudell on We Hate to Waste

Complete pens can’t go into normal plastic recycling bins because they contain bits of metal, as well as the remainder of the ink. The barrels themselves are typically “Type 5 recyclable plastic,” according to Pilot, but all metal components and the refills have to be removed before recycling. So, even if you disassembled every pen you use, you would still be left with a pile of clips, plungers, springs, barrel rings, screw-on tips, and refills.

There are a few choices:

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Recycling & Upcycling Design Fair 2014 in Freiburg

FREI-CYCLE-logoLast weekend we had the opportunity to go to the Upcycling Design Fair in Freiburg, Germany hosted by Frei-cycle Deutschland. And here below we will show you some of the amazing projects designed and made out of recycled materials from aluminium bottle caps to cement sacks or parachutes!!! Amazing projects, incredible products! The only thing you need is an idea and there you go! There is plenty of material that usually end up in the landfill, so resistant to temperature changes or weight that lasts ages to be decomposed! Why not give it a try and start reusing from our homes in order to reduce the waste?

Check the links from the exhibitors, most of them have online shop. There are so many incredible products! Continue reading “Recycling & Upcycling Design Fair 2014 in Freiburg”