Upcycling is a fun, creative way to give unwanted household items a fresh, new purpose.
What’s more, upcycling is a great way to preserve natural resources and reduce pollution, which means fewer products will end up in landfills as the demand for new items decreases.
Upcycling could also save you money from having to buy new products. Or alternatively, you could even sell your upcycled items to earn some extra cash.
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If you’re reading this because you’d like to know more about the benefits of upcycling, this collaborative post reveals five great reasons to get started.
5 great reasons to start upcycling
1. It sets a great example for kids
A recent competition from Brandon Hire Station asked primary school-aged children to come up with inventive ways to give a new lease of life to old or unwanted household items. The competition winner would win tickets to a theme park resort for their creativity. This is a great example of how to promote upcycling and get children involved in helping the environment from an early age.
2. Upcycling can spark a new hobby
Upcycling could spark an interest you never knew you had. For some people, it could even turn into a hobby. Upcycling makes you look at things differently and see the potential in a product that others may not be able to see. It allows you to think outside the box and be as imaginative as you want. To showcase your creative upcycling projects, you could share them on your social media to give ideas to others looking for inspiration. By doing this, you may even inspire family and friends to start their own upcycling projects.
3. You can upcycle anything & everything
If you are new to upcycling and unsure where to start, the good news is that there are many directions you can take. You could go down the fashion route and upcycle your old clothes and turn them into a new clothing item, or you may want to create a new piece of furniture by reupholstering something like an old chair. You could even take inspiration from the Brandon Hire Station competition winner and runners-up by turning an old chest of drawers into a fun design with a lick of paint, or taking an unwanted toy box and giving it a new lease of life by transforming it into a seat.
4. Upcycling is great for the environment
We recently redecorated our bedroom and instead of investing in new furniture and sending our old furniture to landfill, we upcycled it instead. We transformed our bed, wardrobe and bedside tables into fresh new pieces of furniture by painting them white with chalk paint and replacing the door and drawer handles. Easy peasy!
5. There are no limits when it comes to upcycling
One of the appeals of upcycling is that there are no limits to what can be turned into something new and unique. Not only is upcycling using your creative skills, but it can be an extremely enjoyable – and rewarding – task.
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