Monthly Archives: October 2009

Turning Tape Dispensers into Tape Dispensers

I read an article by Tom Szaky proposing another option to the traditional ideas of upcycling.

The idea is brilliant: Collect Scotch Tape dispensers from the public and give them back to 3M to use for the exact same use they were before?tape dispensers.

Ok, so I?m inspired.

ETSY for Inspiration… and Coolness

Ever come across an item destined for upcycled greatness only to find that you?re running low on inspiration?

Check out ETSY.

This site is made up of amazingly creative handcrafters ? a community of unending inspiration and a major source of cool.

Goodwill Ambassador

I hate to shop, but…

? if you could find all manner of stuff you needed – everything from the brand name classic to the completely funky, and it was all arranged by item and color, in an immaculately clean shop and every time you bought something it helped people, you’d have to do it, right?

This my friends is the Goodwill store in Santa Rosa.

Yard Clippings Turned Bath Tea

Lavender, chamomile, rose petals, *calendula, mint and rosemary are among the many ingredients that can be used in creating a soothing bath tea. *note: pronounced kulen?jula ? not kalen?doola, the latter will result in some serious mocking. Heed the voice of experience.

What Is Upcycling?

The term “upcycling” was coined by William McDonaugh and Michael Braugart in their book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.
It’s also a much cooler way of saying, ??finding a way to use it again – preferably before recycling it.?
But it?s more than that.

Reusable Shopping Bag

It?s easy to find a reusable shopping bag these days; seems like every store from Safeway to Kohls has a branded bag for you to purchase. Or maybe you plan to dig your way to the back of your closet and unearth that faded-out canvas number ? Either way, Well Done. But, have you considered taking it a step up? I have an upcycled shopping bag, and it sincerely rocks.