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Upcycling Inspiration

Moon Lake Musk Teacup Candle by Marcie CC BY 2.0

Moon Lake Musk Teacup Candle by Marcie CC BY 2.0

Another way to recycle something is to re-use it as something else, also known as up-cycling. Here are some ideas to get you going:

  1. Turn old clothes in to wash cloths and dusters
  2. Use pallet wood for kindling
  3. Use jars and pots for storing screws, buttons, paperclips etc.
  4. Turn wine crates into bookshelves
  5. Make a table out of scaffold boards
  6. Use old saucers and plates as plant pot bases
  7. Turn unwanted bowls and cups into planters
  8. Make pallet wood furniture
  9. Use old glass bottles for vases
  10. Use old tyres to make a potato planter
  11. Make a solar furnace out of old tin cans

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  1. In the sixties I used to use tooth paste tube tops for small knobs just screw through to what ever you want a small knob for.

Top Tips For Reusing Unwanted Items

Clotharrows by Lauren Jong CC BY-ND 2.0

Clotharrows by Lauren Jong CC BY-ND 2.0

If you have something you no longer want, ask yourself if it can be used by someone else or for something else before sending it off to landfill! You might even be able to make a bit of money at the same time…

The following things can generally be re-used:

  • Clothing and textiles.
  • Bric-a-brac, jewellery and crockery.
  • Toys, books, records, cassettes and CDs.
  • Household and electrical goods.

You may also want to consider if something can have a new purpose, you’ll find upcycling tips on our Recycling Top Tips blog!

Ways to find these things a new home:

  1. Sell on eBay
  2. Post on Freegle or Freecycle
  3. Give to a charity shop or Community Group
  4. Donate to a jumble sale
  5. Wait for a charity bag to be posted through your door
  6. Go to a clothes bank
  7. List on Give or Take
  8. Put an ad in a newspaper
  9. Put an advert in your local shop
  10. Tell people you have stuff to give away
  11. Have a garage sale
  12. Leave outside with a sign that says “free, please take”
  13. Donate to a community group
  14. Offer to a hospital
  15. Announce on twitter
  16. Post on Facebook
  17. Post on Gumtree 
  18. Post on Pre-Loved
  19. Sell at a car boot sale

Still have items you cannot reuse? Then check out how to recycle them!

Easy Ways To Reduce Waste

MAG - No Junk Mail by Melody Ayres-Griffiths CC BY 2.0

MAG – No Junk Mail by Melody Ayres-Griffiths CC BY 2.0

Reducing waste is easy, and the smartest choice you can make as an eco-minded individual! Get started with any of these smart choices:

  1. Put a “no junk mail” sign on your letterbox
  2. Opt for goods that have less packaging
  3. Choose recycled goods where possible
  4. Don’t buy new if pre-loved will do
  5. Don’t buy it if you don’t need it
  6. Take your own bag(s) to the supermarket
  7. Compost your unused foods
  8. Re-use gift bags and wrapping paper
  9. Buy goods that will last and that can be mended
  10. Avoid buying disposable items
  11. Choose flannels or muslin squares over face wipes
  12. Choose cloth nappies instead of disposable nappies
  13. If you choose disposable nappies, buy biodegradable nappies
  14. Buy refills where possible
  15. Buy eco packaged “compressed” goods where possible
  16. Don’t buy more fresh food than you need
  17. Don’t print out emails unless necessary
  18. Use draft print settings if you must print
  19. Keep unwanted printouts to use as notepaper
  20. Use waste paper for kindling
  21. Buy big packets/bottles
  22. RECYCLE! Take your plastics, paper, glass and card
  23. REUSE! Take unwanted items to a charity shop or post on freecycle