We are all familiar with recycling. When something is recycled materials are converted or extracted from a product in order to make a different product or material of lesser quality. But what about upcycling?
Upcycling is the process of converting materials into a different product or material without reducing the quality. The goal is to prevent wasting materials that can be useful by making use of them another way. Upcycling is a movement aimed to reduce the use of new raw materials and has a very beneficial impact on the environment.
With a trend toward “do-it-yourself” and “shabby-chic” upcycling is becoming more and more popular. Websites like Pinterest and Etsy promote upcycling and provide great ideas for turning your trash to treasure. Everything from kitchen organizers to artwork can be created by upcycling and a little creativity.

Grocery stores usually get fruit and wine delivered in wooden crates that have a lot of character. They can be left plain or painted and turned into a place to put throw blankets in the living room, or towels in the bathroom.

Wine corks can be glued together to create a potholder; an old rake can be turned into a very organized and chic necklace rack. The possibilities are endless. Lucky for the non-creative types out there, the internet is stocked full of ideas to help you upcycle whatever you may have laying around your apartment.

When you can avoid purchasing something new you are helping to cut down on carbon emissions and the use of raw materials and a lot of other harmful environmental effects that comes from producing new products.

Not only is upcycling good for the environment, the outcome is usually a great way to add a little character and style to your apartment without spending much money at all. We would like to help give you ideas to upcycle things that are commonly found around your apartment so look for our upcoming blog for a step-by-step upcycle project from start to finish! If you haven’t already make sure to check out our going green 101!

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