Upcycling Is Easy, So Get Creative

Upcycling Is Easy, So Get Creative
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    If you like to be environmentally friendly, you might already be doing a few things to cut your carbon footprint.

    From taking out boiler cover to ensure your central heating system wastes as little energy as possible, to walking instead of taking the car, there are plenty of obvious and easy ways to do your bit.

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One thing you might not yet have tried is ‘up-cycling’, which is the practice of converting old products or waste in to something more useful. It’s easy to do and the possibilities are only limited to how far your imagination can stretch. Here are a few ideas we like:

Carton Planters

Recycling is arguably now easier than ever, with many local authorities offering road side pick-ups for it at the same time as they collect your general waste. But next time you finish a juice or milk carton, why not consider keeping hold of it? Cutting it midway up and covering it with a bit of rough linen will make a fantastic and unique planter. The beauty of this is that it’s equally good to use as a vase too, so if you’re lucky enough to receive flowers you’ll have the perfect home for them!

Plenty Of Reasons To Keep Glass Jars

Glass jars are well worth keeping hold of once they’ve served their original purpose. They can be used for any number of things, but one of our favorites is to use them as quirky drinking glasses. So save up a few and when you have friends over for a barbecue, serve up fruit juices or cocktails in them, as they’re sure to be a talking point. And if you have some left over you could use them as candle holders to keep your outdoor socializing lit up long in to the evening or to store your little bits and pieces in. You could even turn a jar in to an eye catching soap dispenser, simply drill a hole in the lid large enough to fit the pump inside and away you go!

Get creative With VHS Boxes

If you’ve got old VHS boxes lying around in your attic or another storage space then rather than leaving them to gather dust give them a new purpose as a unique photo frame. Simply take out the tape and sleeve and slip in a photograph big enough to fill the front cover. What’s more is, if you screw it in to your wall you’ll also have a little extra storage for jewelery and other knick-knacks.  

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Don’t Bin Your Old Clothes

Sometimes clothes just become a little too worn out to make it worthwhile passing them on or giving to a charity shop. But before you throw them in the bin consider re-using them in a new way. Old t-shirts can be cut up to use as cleaning rags and can easily be put through the wash once they’re dirty.  Your old jumpers could also be given a new lease of life as cozy cushion or hot water bottle covers.

Keep Hold Of Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are responsible for a huge amount of waste sent to landfill, so it’s well worth trying to cut your usage if possible. Pick up a few re-usable bags to take with you each time you go shopping, you’ll soon find yourself getting in to the habit of keeping them with you. If you happen to live in Northern Ireland or Wales (and in some parts of the U.S.) you might also see the financial benefits of doing this as supermarkets now charge a small fee for each plastic bag a customer uses. 

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