I like to think of reusing a product as a subset of UPcycling. Being able to shop at consignment stores, yard sales and the like is the easy way to reuse. But taking it a step further to upcycling, repurposing a product or a piece of a product that is headed to the landfill, is just as good if not better. Many even think that the inherent charm of these often unique and one of a kind pieces adds even more value to the finished product. In fact, large companies are even jumping on the bandwagon and creating NEW products that mimic upcycled ones. I have to say, all the charm is lost in these products using virgin materials.
I love the story of the fifth grade girl who started her own business making bottle cap jewelry. Check out the video to see how she got started upcycling.
Now take a look at what I found in the craft store:
One of the items that I have really enjoyed making, if for no other reason than the reaction that I get from shoppers, are my light bulb bud bases:
And I adore all the wonderfully artistic creations that the "zipper lady" makes out of previously used zippers
How about these bunches of jersey knit material that I found in the craft store?
You tell me, upcycled or brand spanking new? I think I'll stick with Upcycled Stuff! :)