Upcycling is “The practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value”. The term was coined in the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. I love the concept. Upcycling isn’t something new or something hard to do. Have you ever held or been to a yard sale or even a thrift store? Of course you have and with these simple acts, you have participated in the simplest form of upcycling. Everything from buying used merchandise, to refinishing old furniture, to re-purposing things you already own fall under the broad idea of upcycling.
Upcycling is one of my favorite things. I love to work with furniture and re-purpose it. I love taking something old and making it new again. Of course, time doesn’t always allow me to do so. Below you see some great products form your home. I am in no way an expert on making environmentally friendly choices in the home so this list is more about things that I love that happen to be a better choice, maybe not the best choice.
Recycled Glass Vases – These are from Viva Terra
Reclaimed Wood Furniture – This is from Urban Woods
Recycled Glass Counter Tops – This is from Vetrazzo
Organic Cotton Bedding – This is from West Elm
Recycled Paint – This is Metro Paint
Soy Candles – These are from BSAB Candles
Organic Cleaners – Seventh Generation
Reclaimed Wood Flooring – Reclaimed Flooring
Upcycled Furniture – Hammer and Hand
Food Based Paint – Anna Sova