TAG: Upcycling

Reuse Your Old Sweaters

Reuse old Sweaters

Sweaters that will probably never be worn again can be given new roles. Consider upcycling them into functional or wearable new pieces. Things for the home like pillows, blankets and rugs can be made from sweaters. They can also be converted into potholders, baskets and even bags. Additionally, dolls and soft toys can be born from a forgotten sweater. Sweaters that you may not be able to part with, but don’t necessarily want to wear as is, can be made into new clothes. Gloves, hats and scarves can be crafted from sweaters. Many projects can be done that do not even require… read more

Fall Boots Don’t Have To Break The Bank

Fall Boots Don’t Have To Break The Bank

When the weather starts to turn, the wardrobe pieces tend to change out. Chilly, rainy days call for fall boots. Available in many ecofriendly options they can also come with top prices, especially if you are purchasing them right before the season starts. The following do it yourself versions are near comparable to the upscale ones, only these won’t leave you penniless. Sweater boots are a comfortable go to, but this relaxed look can set you back budget wise. This style from Woolby & Co. is made from recycled materials like sweaters and jackets. However, making your own sweater boots… read more

Upscale Refashions From 2 Designers Who Deliver

Upscale Refashions From 2 Designers Who Deliver

Mixing the art of upcycling with the world of fashion allows a never ending supply of inspiration. The following 2 designers are instances of where a heightened talent for spinning fresh life into the old makes their sustainable fashions stand out. In the hands of crafty designer Tawny Holt from Amour Sans Anguish, recycled clothing has been given a style upgrade. Reusing fabrics and materials, she cuts, sews, dyes and recreates them. Giving refashioned clothing a kick, these exclusive wears beg to be slipped on. Her upcycled fashions have a vintage feel, are certainly unique and are dripping with a… read more

Phone Books Reinvented

Phone Books Reinvented

Even though the internet is widely used today, I still receive telephone books on my doorstep from time to time. One would think with all the technology at our disposal these would no longer be printed. If you do happen to end up with one on your doorstep here is a few inventive ideas on how to repurpose them rather than tossing them into the recycling bin. Paper bows and gift wrapping look pretty neat when used from old phone books. There are many DIY tutorials on the net showing the many ways to create inventive décor for your presents…. read more

Ways With Waste

Ways With Waste

The word ‘recycling’ is a ubiquitous part of our language. It means turning waste into a reusable product or even refurbishing it to reuse again, producing useful things from useless materials. Upcycling takes recycling one step further by using recycled materials to create a product which is even more desirable than the original product itself. It is extremely important to know the difference between these two practices because doing the correct thing will produce beneficial results for both you and the environment. Upcycling actually induces creativity. It requires people to think of creative ways of using old and damaged products and materials and… read more

Recyling Your Rags

Recyced Rags

We all have clothes we don’t wear. Either they are too big, too small or were an act of impulsivity that no longer lies within the confines of fashion. Whatever the reason these end up in the back of the closet or sitting in a box to be shipped to the Salvation Army. If they are still in decent condition, donating used clothes is the best option. However, if in a state of disrepair, clothes can be reused to create something new. Shirts are especially versatile. You can take old t-shirts, and by sewing of the bottom closed and some… read more

Cardboard – Reinvented

Cardboard – Reinvented

When thinking of sustainable materials that can be constructed into myriads of different items, things like bamboo may easily come to mind. However, cardboard is being used for some neat applications. It turns out that it is a fairly versatile option and can be artistically turned into some unexpected objects. Sustainably made furniture is important to eco-conscious designers and homeowners. However, cardboard may not be the first thing that pops up when considering functional furniture material. Ingenious designs by students from the University of Idaho make cardboard chairs that more resemble art-forms than cardboard boxes. The inventive products, which utilized… read more