Upcycle, Reuse, Rebuy… oh my!

Upcycle
If you have something that isn’t great, what does it need? A little love? What can you make instead of buy? The internet is full of enough DIY projects to keep you busy for a lifetime. It’s time to start creating something new out of something old.

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This was an old set of drawers, they were broken and ugly. The top was partially broken off. We intended on throwing the whole set away. All these drawers needed was a few legs, a new top, and some door handles. All made out of scrap pieces of wood we had lying around in our garage
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The master bathroom didn’t have TP roll holder. We found a stick and glued it to a scrap piece of wood that we painted to match. Voila! $0!
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This gem was being thrown away because it was ugly. It just needed a new knob and a new stain.

Reuse
Plastic Containers: I’m guilty of buying plastic containers of cashew yogurt to put in my smoothies. Instead of throwing these away, they have become smoothie storage! And the containers we use when we go bulk shopping! I still feel guilty about buying the plastic in the first place, but reusing it has turned out to be quite useful.
Shoe boxes: I use shoe boxes for all kinds of things. Storage in my classroom, the lids are great for drawer storage, and these are great for storing video game cords/controllers.

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Smoothies all lined up and ready to go in the freezer! Yum.IMG_1421
Video games sitting on top of the controllers and cords need to play them.

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Shoe boxes in my closet holding miscellaneous notes, cards, and stationary.

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The lids of shoe boxes are really helpful when organizing drawers!

Rebuy
Second-hand shopping is not only better for the environment but it’s better for your wallet (winning!)

Choosing second-hand uses less resources and it’s unpack-aged therefore, it helps keep existing items in use and out of landfill. I don’t buy everything I own secondhand (you guys, I really like new clothes and shoes) but all of my furniture is secondhand! And with the internet at our fingertips, buying secondhand isn’t very challenging at all. Virtually, anything we could ever want is out there somewhere and someone else wants to get rid of it. If you have something you are ready to toss, consider donating it instead. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, or so they say 🙂

If you’re lucky, you can rebuy something then upcycle it to make it your own!

“If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, designed or removed from production.
– Pete Seege

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