Whatever your celebratory beliefs concerning Halloween, of all the holidays, it is arguably the high holy day of upcycling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An address debacle at the printers yielded a couple of reams of high end letterhead that I rescued en route to the recycle bin. Zipped into 3.5 inch squares and clipped together with a surplus of small binder clips they become handy little notepads.
Check out Amazon reviews for Rubbish! Reuse Your Refuse by Kate Shoup.
Check out Amazon reviews for Refashioned Bags: Upcycle Anything into High-Style Handbags by Faith Blakeney and Justine Blakeney.