Upcycling is Definitely Green
You can start living green by upcycling! Yes, upcycling! How it differs from recycling?
Upcycling vs. Recycling
In recycling, items such as paper, plastic and glass are broken down into base materials that can be use to make a new product. That’s why there are items such as recycled napkin, recycled paper, Blue Marbles Project’s blue marbles are made from recycled glass, and so on.
In upcycling, you’re not exactly breaking down the materials, you’re only re-fashioning it to shape or to fit another purpose. For instance, you cut and sew certain parts of an old pair of jeans to make a sling bag out of it. The new product is still made of the original material, still in the form of denim only now it’s a bag and no longer a pair of jeans.
Who will benefit from upcycling?
Both the environment and us humans will benefit from it. Well, suffice to say, upcyling benefits the environment it benefits us as well. But even with aspects of finance, say your family’s budget, you’ll be saving a considerable amount with your expenses if you’ll adapt the habit of upcyling.
For example, you you can upcyle an old tv cabinet into a coffee table or console table. Or you can use plastic gallons as plant containers. There are tons of things you can turn these ‘trash’ into and you’ll be amazed at how it can turned out to be most of the time even better than what they are originally!
Exceptionally great work of arts can be created by upcyling as well. Even artist are starting to create green art to express themselves and create awareness.
Here are some of the amazing end product of upcyling:
Photos courtesy of twistedsifter.com