Jan 30, 2011

UP-Cycle! It's FUN & Good for the Enviroment!

As most of you know by now, I LOVE to UpCycle, Repurpose & Reuse, Old items, that many others consider to be "trash!" I really enjoy the process & the outcome of taking something old and rusty, and making it into something FAB! With a little "vision" and "elbow-grease" WE ALL can do this, and it really CAN make a difference on the environment, and the amount of waste that goes to landfills. I actually did a little research on the topic and was amazed at what I found. So I wanted to share it with all my friends! 

Upcycling is a process in which disposable or discarded items are repurposed to make them valuable, useful, or simply aesthetically pleasing. Upcycling is designed to work in opposition to consumer culture, encouraging people to think of new and innovative ways to use things, instead of simply buying new consumer goods. It also benefits the environment, by promoting reuse over discarding whenever possible.

Unlike traditional recycling, in which materials like plastic and paper are gradually degraded and can be reused only a limited number of times, upcycling turns waste into products of greater value. That offers hope for achieving the biggest goal of environmentally minded design, using materials again and again to keep them out of landfills. Supporters call it “closing the loop.” 

It’s trying to change that mind-set, so that people move from a disposable mind-set into a constant reuse mind-set. 

I've NEVER been one to ReCycle really or take the time to even learn the benefits of it. But I have learned A LOT from my Sister-in-Law, Lana! She has always been a big recycler, and the small things I've done in the past have been because of her. 
Now it's become a passion of mine! I just love the transformation of taking something from "trash to treasure!"
I also think it's an amazing way to teach our kids about the environment and "Doing our part" to help it. I wanted to share a couple of my latest UPCYCLE projects, these both came from old shutters, wood and other lil gems I found at one of my favorite Thrift Stores; 
Habitat for Humanity's -ReStore. You should check it out, it's kind of a Goodwill meets Home Depot! It's Fab!

Hope you like my projects, and I hope you try an UPCYCLING project of your own!

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