Have you ever heard of the term “upcycling”? Upcycling is the process of taking an item no longer used (clothing, furniture, etc.) and giving it a second life. Unlike recycling, upcycling does not break down plastics into something else. Instead, upcycling “refashions” the item or material. For example, you could use old fabrics like a t-shirt and turn them into strips of yarn. You may even be upcycling products already without realizing it!

Other examples of upcycling can include

  • reupholstering old chairs and couches,
  • re-staining end tables, or
  • adding a new coat of paint and modern drawer pulls to a dresser

The possibilities are endless! Upcycling doesn’t change the material or product, but it may change the use of that material. Upcycled items are typically the same or better quality as the original. For example, a commonly upcycled thing you might be familiar with is Mason jar glasses. Their intended use is usually for preserving and storing jams, jellies, and sauces. However, many people are now using the jar as drinkware once its original use has been fulfilled.

Before getting rid of furniture, dishes, clothing, etc., consider how you might be able to re-purpose this item for another use!

For some inspiration for your next upcycle project, click here.

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