- On February 2, 2014
UPCYCLING: RECYCLING WITH A PURPOSE!
You’ve probably got lots of unused items or things to be recycled lying around your house. Whether you take them to the tip, throw them out with your normal rubbish or choose to recycle them, energy and resources will be needed to dispose of them at the other end. Ultimately, it might be worth hanging on to those unused items – and putting them to better use!
Upcycling is a way of reusing unwanted items by turning them into something useful or decorative. Many people have actually made a business from upcycling, creating belts from pieces of rubber tyres, bags made from reused bicycle inner tubes and more. There are plenty of creative ways of reusing the unlikeliest of household items, providing you with decorative items, useful solutions, gifts and more. Here are some suggestions as to things that you may like to collect to upcycle in the future…
If you drink wine at home, save the corks, as they can be turned into all sorts of things. Cut into slivers and glue together to make coasters or trivets, or make wine cork sculptures if you are artistic. Corks can also be glued together to make corkboards, picture frames and more – they are very versatile.
2. METAL TINS
The tins used to hold baked beans, custard, tomatoes and any other products can also be upcycled. Decorate and turn into pencil holders, or use them as plant pots. Decorated, they can also be used as candle holders for chunky candles, or for many other decorative and storage options around the home.
They may not seem like the most easily upcycled item, but have a wealth of (mainly decorative) uses. Turn bulb-side up and decorate individually to make hot air balloon ornaments, or turn them into bud vases. They can be painted to create Christmas tree ornaments, or even emptied and cleaned to make spice jars!
4. PLASTIC BOTTLES
Keep these, as they have a range of uses! Cut off the bottom and use to hold individual paint colours when painting, or cover, cut a hole in the side and create a bird house. Cut in half and decorate as storage containers, or cut off the base and paint to make snowflake decorations. When it comes to upcycling, the possibilities are endless!