Recycling, reclaimed, upcycled, repurposed… are they all the same? Well, yes and no. Though the terms are often used interchangeably, we like to think of them as slightly different. Recycling, the term everyone is most familiar with, is simply taking an item, breaking it down into its base material and creating something new (and sometimes different) with it. Repurposing, or upcycling, is using an item for something other than its intended purpose; maybe it was also reclaimed in the process. To be reclaimed, an item has to have reached the end of its useful life and be destined for the trash, but instead of being thrown away, it’s transformed into something new. Continue reading
From jewelry to furnishing and home décor, upcycling has come out of the world of the thrift-conscious and into the mainstream. It’s a good thing for savvy folks looking for creative, often one-of-a-kind pieces, and it’s a great thing for the environment. Every upcycled item is one less thing heading to a landfill.
Take an already eco-friendly thing like a bicycle, when it’s past its prime, what do you do with it? You can sell it, trade it in, disassemble it into component parts to build a new bike, or… well… you can turn the parts of a bike that’s too far gone for all of that into something really cool. Continue reading