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Upping the ante with upcycling!

Carrie
14/12/2010 - 00:19
craft, diy, recycle, repurpose, Reuse, upcycling

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Why upcycle? Upcycling simply reduces the consumption of new raw materials when creating new products. Reducing the use of new raw materials can result in a reduction of energy usage, air pollution, water pollution and even greenhouse gas emissions. It’s about preventing the waste of useful materials by making use of existing ones. In many ways, the term upcycling is synonymous with ‘repurpose‘.

Upcycled products takes on many forms from the simple to the skilfully crafted. While I tend to see the beauty in most things, I also tend to be a dreamer rather than a hands-on person. I have difficulty even cutting a straight line! So for those who likes it simple just like me, saving our condiment jars and using them as storage or as decoration is a simple and common way of upcycling.

Made with discarded sections of wall moulding and hose clamps, jars are a great way to organize your bits and bobs!

Those who are a bit more adventurous, try your skill at creating this table designed by Vered Zaykovsky and made from 6 magazines of same size. What’s amazing is that there’s no cutting or gluing involved, just some skilful weaving. Table tops are quite easy to find if you scavage around for discarded shelving or doors from kitchen/bathroom renos.

For more inspiration pop over to the Reestore site www.reestore.com, you will no doubt be glob smacked with what people can do. Reestore takes everyday waste objects and cheekily turns them into charming yet functional pieces of furniture and accessories. Absolutely stunning.

Upcycling is the new Ikea, the unique, quirky and alternative solution in creating a sociable space of your very own.