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  • What is Upcycling and Why Should I Care?
  • Tracy Freese
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What is Upcycling and Why Should I Care?

Upcycled boots with lavender

Because giving back to the environment is important. We all live on this planet and we all will continue to live here for awhile. What is important is keeping this place livable for generations to come. Practicing a more eco-friendly life style is a way of doing just that. One of the ways we can be more eco-friendly is to start upcycling more and more. This is a method of being environmentally friendly while also not giving up certain things that you can use or that you may want in your life.

Soooo what is upcycling?

It is the process of taking old and used items and turning them into something that is now new, useful, and totally different. This seemingly small thing can breathe new life into old objects while giving you the freedom of knowing you didn’t throw anything in the trash. While this movement is not particularly new, it has gotten a pretty solid foundation across the nation in recent years with the threat of global warming.

Many people seem to compare upcycling to recycling, and while they are very similar, they are also different. When you recycle something, it is primarily a commercial material such as; plastic, glass, paper, or metal. These are then melted down and used to create something of the same material once again. For instance, plastic bottles make more plastic bottles. With upcycling, you do not need to break it down to its rawest form; you are taking the same material and making something that is different than what it originally was before.

Upcycling can be anything from big projects to small projects. For instance, taking a bunch of old barn doors, or old pieces of barn wood and turning it into some piece of furniture for your house. You didn’t have to cut any new trees down, and you didn’t even need to buy new lumber. Using old clothing to create children’s clothes or ribbons is another great example.

The Earth thanks those that upcycle. Think about it, if you are keeping things from the landfills, there is less pollution going into the environment, and there are fewer items that cannot be degraded back to the ground, just sitting around doing nothing. Plus, there is the added bonus of not expending any energy to recycle the materials; instead, it costs no energy to do so. When you upcycle, you are saving the world from any unnecessary trash. It is a very eco-friendly way of not only recycling your old items to make something else, but you are ultimately saving a little bit of money as well.

  • Tracy Freese
  • minimalist fashionminimalist home and gardenminimalist lifestyleminimalist livingreclaimrecyclerepurposereuseupcyclevintage minimalism