Upcycling is not your ordinary ‘garden variety’ recycling. Upcycling is creativity in action. Here are 4 great examples of upcycling ideas.
Upcycling is the process of creating superior and innovative products out of materials that would otherwise end up as waste in our landfills. Upcycling is not your ordinary garden-variety recycling – it is creativity in action. Here are 4 fascinating examples of upcycling:
Looptworks, of Portland, Oregon, is an eco-fashion company that specializes in creating a great line of clothing products out of pre-consumer textile waste. Every year, the garments industry discards about 20 million tons of textile waste (left-overs from the production process). Looptworks upcycles this waste into earth-friendly, durable, and stylish apparel. Check out the chic green creations at Looptworks.
Shireen Qudosi at Green Air wants to turn trash into treasure through creativity. “The idea of artistic living is a growing trend in an eco-friendly culture,” Shireen observes, “…being green has brought with it a new level of stylish eccentricity.” Eccentric or not, there’s no denying the artistry involved in these upcycled creations from empty wine bottles.
Photo: Green Air
Read Shireen’s full article at Green Air: Rewined: Wine Bottle Upcycling
This next upcycling idea is something that evokes pleasant childhood memories. I grew up with my grandparents and my grandma used to make useful things similar to what Croq of Croq Zine is showing here – a beautiful upcycled rug from woolen scraps.
Photo: Croq Zine
Some residents are reclaiming street dumpsters and turning these into useful objects and recreation spaces. Dornob has photographed some fun and creative ways city residents have upcycled this piece of street metal describing the trend as “the intersection of guerrilla installation art, recycling, upcycling and freeganism.”
See creativity at work at Dornob: Dumpster Diving & Other Creative Urban Upcycling Ideas
I’m sure there are a million creative ways to upcycle everyday objects and waste materials out there. Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments section below.