We live in a time of consumerism. We acquire more items than we need and throw away everything from food packaging to clothing to furniture because it is so easy, quick and cheap to replace it! It may be easy but, unfortunately, it is not sustainable.
Even if we recycle all of the items that we no longer need, we are still fuelling the production of more and more needless items, putting a strain on the planet and encouraging unethical practices. Plus, in the UK, less than 50% of our recycling actually gets recycled. The rest ends up on Landfill sites! I am not saying recycling is bad- No! recycling is good, but re using as many items as we can is much better!
I wanted to create a blog post to give you some ideas on fun and creative ways to up-cycle items that you may otherwise throw away! Here are 8 super creative up-cycling ideas!
No. 1 : paint pot plant pot
NO.2 JAZZ UP OLD LAMP SHADES
NO.3 Fairy Light Loveliness
NO.4 old jeans- new bag
NO.5 FROM CLOTHING TO CUSHION
NO.6 Peanut Butter Pantry pots
NO.7 FROM INSTRUMENT TO ART
NO.8 paint new life in to old furniture
So there you have it! 8 ideas to get you started! The best thing about up cycling is that you get to channel your inner child and use your imagination to create something unique. Every time you go to throw something away, just pause- look at it and wonder if it could become something more and if it could have another use. Equally, every time you think you need to buy something new, check that you don't already own something that, with a little love, could be revamped and used instead.
Up-cycling is a win win win! You get to be creative, save money and help save the planet too! Whats not to love?