Saturday, February 25, 2017

Repurpose and Upscale: I'm on Overwhelm


The first rule in "recycling" is not to buy the product in the first place. You reduce what you want or think you need. The next thing is to reuse before you recylce. Reusing can mean repurposing or upcycling. Repurposing means adapting anything for a different use - an old ladder into a book shelf, pottery shards as garden plant identifiers. Upcycling is reusing a product in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original - an old television or radio console into a wet bar, turning the old Pearl brewery into San Antonio to the upscale Emma Hotel . . . or turning some old historical buildings in El Paso to apartments and commercial properties.

OK. You aren't going to go into the business of development and some of the repurposing or upcycling ideas are just not what you have in mind for your Charlotte's decor. You might just not be into arts and crafts. However, I bet there are so many things that you can upcycle or repurpose. You don't even have to be the creative type. Just Google "upcycle" or "upcycling" and "repurpose" or "repurposing". Visit sites. Click on the Images tab. You'll get a number of ideas.

Be sure to visit Instructables. Check out Upcycle That on Facebook. Of course there is also Pinterest with tens of thousands of ideas.

Repurposing or upcycling are ways we can make some lifestyle changes that are enviornmentally-friendly.


  1. How much recycling is done when a delusional nut job wants to tear down a building and spend a fortune building a building that no one needs or wants?

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