Upcycling: a quirky yet brilliant way to protect the planet

Monday, 18 January 2016  |  Admin

Upcycling: a quirky yet brilliant way to protect the planet.

As you are no doubt aware, recycling is a vital part of protecting the planet. However, you may not realise that recycling can be a lot more interesting than throwing your junk into the right recycling bin. Upcycling is an exciting type of recycling that lets you turn old or damaged objects into trendy and useful accoutrements for your home. We sell a number of products here on Protecttheplanet.co.uk that could be described as upcycled, but you can also try upcycling for yourself. In fact, we’d like to give you a few straightforward suggestions to help you get started!

1. Furniture

Many large wooden or metal objects can be easily repurposed as furniture simply by cleaning them up and adding cushions and other items for comfort. Upcyclers around the world have managed to create astounding furniture from surprising objects. They have turned large pallets into beds just by adding mattresses and sheets. They have made incredible outdoor seating from old rowing boats, and even transformed trampolines into hammocks. What type of furniture could you create with your old objet d’art?

2. Decorations

You might be surprised by how easily old mechanical parts can be repurposed as decoration. For example, talented upcyclers have been known to create chandeliers and lightshades using bicycle parts and clockwork from broken clocks. The delicate intricacy of these mechanical objects means that they can be turned into something beautiful, if you have the artistic temperament and the patience to do so.

3. Sanctuaries for pets

If you own a dog or cat, you know that they try to curl up in the strangest places. So why not open up old containers, like suitcases, and turn them into adorable dog beds or cat beds with a few cushions? Just make sure the container can’t close on them accidentally!

Recycling is a great way to help save the planet, but upcycling is even better. It allows you to repurpose objects that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill and turn them into cool, quirky furnishings for your home. Why not get creative and tell us what objects you were able to upcycle in the comments section?