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UK Starbucks Turns Waste into Furniture

By Larraine Roulston: Pentatonic, a company that designs household furniture, is entering the field of crafting home furnishings by upcycling plastic trash. Their abundant resource is gathered from post-consumer plastic such as water bottles and old smart phone screens. Usable items are being created through Trashpresso which is a mobile solar-powered recycling plant built by …

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International Coastal Cleanup Day

By Larraine Roulston: Discarded plastic and other resources accumulate in five different ocean garbage patches. The plastic, if left to increase, will negatively impact our ecosystem. It’s a problem that needs not only to be tackled at its source but also demands a massive cleanup. September 16th marks International Coastal Cleanup Day, an event that …

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Upcycling IKEA Bags Ideas

By Kim Robson: I see people using old IKEA bags at the laundromat and grocery store all the time. They’re capacious, tough as nails, lightweight, easily folded flat, inexpensive at a buck, and easy to carry because of their sturdy woven handles. “Frakta” means “to carry,” and since 1996, the …

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DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden

By Kim Robson: Come springtime, I always have a glut of empty mason jars that have been emptied gradually over the fall and winter. They clutter up our gardening shed, clinking around and getting in the way of things. It’s too early in the year to start canning — so …

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New Life for Old Crayons and Markers

By Kim Robson: Kids are natural artists. But art supplies aren’t cheap. This joke isn’t far from the truth: Teach your kids about art, and they’ll never have enough money for drugs. And, just as with cosmetic supplies, there’s always a bit left at the bottom that gets wasted and …

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5 Upcycling, Space Saving Tips

By Amy Webb: Saving space can be expensive sometimes. Especially if you opt for ultra-innovative high-end products. But you can find some amazing space saving products if you look around. You can even buy 2”-deep desks that fit against the wall, or wall beds that act as shelving when the …

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Fun Ways to Upcycle Paper

By Larraine Roulston : To amuse children, we have been upcycling paper since the invention of newspapers, magazines and calendars. Traditional ways for youngsters to utilize paper include making paper airplanes, decorative chains, fans, hats and snowflakes. Children also delight in cutting out and coloring “paper people” holding hands. This craft is shaped by folding the …

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Organizing with Mason Jars

By Kim Robson: As an avid fan of canning fresh foods, I always have handy a number of mason jars in varying sizes and shapes. Glass canning or mason jars are tough, versatile, dishwasher safe, see-through, non-reactive and plastic-free. They are inexpensive and often sold in flats of twelve. Save …

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Denim Jeans Recycling

By Fredrica Syren: This last summer my husband had two of his denim Levis jeans rip and become unwearable. And my kids, well, they go through jeans as if they were being dragged on the ground all day long. Of course I try to patch and repair as best as I can to extend their life a wee bit longer, but ultimately the jeans’ days are numbered. Then the question …

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Upcycle Is the New Recycle

By Larraine Roulston: Upcycling, also referred to as recycling or repurposing, is the new term used for taking something either outdated, worn or basically no longer wanted for its original purpose, and transforming it into something useful. The idea is to become creative and think of ways to retool or …

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