Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Upcycled Pinspiration

  • Upcycle [uhp-sahy-kuh l]
  • verb.    To process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better than the original. Example: I upcycled a stained tablecloth into curtains.

Upcycling—it’s a buzzword these days. Taking items that might be on their way to the dumpster or landfill and creating something new + beautiful is the ultimate example of waste not, want not.

In addition to being eco-friendly, upcycling is a lot of fun! A few of my favorites include:

By upcycling old t-shirts into bags, you’re not only doing the Earth a favor, you’re creating a tote with personality. Choose favorite tees in great colors and themes, and designate bags for the grocery store, farmer’s market, or gym. Love the tied fringe on the bottom of this one!

So, turns out that wine bottles are actually one of the least green ways to go. That’s because glass bottles require an immense amount of energy to make and ship, so their carbon footprint is pretty massive. However, if boxed wine is not your thing, at least you can feel good about upcycling one part of the bottle—the cork! Begin collecting now, and have your friends and family save their corks as well.  Want to see what I did with mine?

With darkness falling earlier and earlier this time of year, lanterns are a beautiful way that allow you to linger in the screened in porch a little longer. These, crafted from tin cans that are painted and punctured with pinprick holes, are not only environmentally conscious, but far less expensive than their counterparts. 

What have you upcycled lately?  I'd love to hear about it!

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