‘Reduce, re-use, recycle’ has been a mantra for our children for quite a few years now, so I’ve been intrigued by the term ‘up-cycling’ which is now in daily use.
At 100% Design, Decorex and Ecopink in September there were quite a few examples to see.
‘Oscar’ by Ruby Rhino is a gorgeous example of upcycling – Ruby Rhino source, restore and hand paint pieces of furniture www.rubyrhino.co.uk
‘Newsworthy’ a wallpaper by Lori Weitzner is made from strips of recycled newspaper woven together to create an effect both beautiful and interesting www.weitznerlimited.com
And last Friday the BBC featured a video about a man who used to sift through rubbish to find items to sell. Now he gives tours and courses in building with plastic bottles. It started with a playhouse for his children and he has trained about 20,000 people to build similar homes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-15505130
I guess ‘upcycling’ means adding value to our recycled materials? It is something we could try in our homes which takes us beyond ‘make do and mend’ to a new dimension of practical beauty.