Reusing and upcycling tin cans

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many food products and produce still come in tin cans of various sizes and while they, the tins, are – mostly – completely recyclables, as they are – predominately – steel, they also lend themselves extremely well for reuse and for upcycling. Reuse and upcycling of them came in many ways from the simple reuse of a can as s coop for chicken feed, for example, to more elaborate conversions.

The repair, reuse and upcycling economy

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But reuse and upcycling should and must also be and become part of this economy. In the reuse sector we would have the secondhand stores, charity shops and even flea markets and car boot sales. While in the upcycling sector all those that rework – upcycle – items of waste of all kinds. Upcycling is going a step above simple reuse, as far as items of “waste” are concerned, as it may come in a couple of forms. The other upcycling, reworking, etc.,

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Reuse and Upcycling of Plastic Packaging

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) As much as we may wish to avoid plastic (in our lives) the fact remains – at least for the foreseeable future – that it is with us, especially as far as packaging containers are concerned, and thus reuse and upcycling of those is better than any other solution. Thus the greener option by far is reuse and recycling before we even as much as think of the recycling bin and tossing those things into it. plastic packaging reuse upcycling

The reuse economy or reuse sector

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) New York City Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia thinks, as does the department, that the reuse sector, both the nonprofit and the for-profit sector, are key to moving forward with regards to a New York City's “zero-waste” drive. Compared to the heavy duty world of urban waste collection in New York, the reuse sector can seem quite esoteric. And even upcycling is not a new thing at all. Only it was not called upcycling.

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Reuse Economy

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This is not about reusing the economy but about an economy of reuse rather. Reusing what we have and this reuse can, does and will take many different forms. In the main the reuse economy will operate at home and in the community and it is about what it says on the tin; reusing. There are different kinds of reuse that form part of the reuse economy. That is the first part of the reuse economy.

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Reuse & Upcycling instead of Recycling.

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and not just in the home and on the homestead by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Reuse and upcycling can be found in the home and on the homestead* now more and more again as people finally realize again that throwing tin cans and glass jars and such into the recycling bin may mean throwing useful resources away. Building materials, such as bricks, have been salvaged and reused for centuries and in some cases building lumber has also been recycled by reusing it.

Glass jar reuse

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) OK, I know, I keep repeating myself harping on about the reuse, repurposing and upcycling of glass jars (packaging waste) but it would appear that there are many who still have not gotten the message and toss most of those jars into the recycling bin (if they can even be bothered to do that). That is the way our grandparents and their parents saw this for sure and that is why they reused every one of them that they possibly could reuse.

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Reuse Week

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A National Reuse Week or an International Reuse Week is what we need. However, the focus is far too much on recycling and the mantra has become recycle, recycle more and then recycle more still, without considering the reuse option even. This is a proposal to put reuse (repurposing and upcycling) firmly on a pedestal and center stage and make it into one of the main players in, and pillars of, waste management, as it should be.

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From plastic lotion bottle to tool holster (Reuse Recipe)

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Those plastic bottles that held hand lotion, or sun lotion, or the larger ones that held cleaning product of one kind or other, lend themselves very nicely to be upcycled into belt pouches/holsters for small tools like secateurs, etc. There are also plastic cleaning material bottles that can thus be upcycled. belt holsters green living green living tips plastic plastic bottles pocket protectors reuse reuse recipe upcycling

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Yiuco Marketplace for Handmade Upcycled, Recycled, or Reused Products

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Taking the site’s green message even further, eco-friendly vendors have emerged on Etsy and they sell upcycled, recycled, or otherwise resource-lite items. A new online marketplace – Yiuco – has popped up in Greece, though, and it strictly peddles the upcycled, recycled, and reused. Fashion & Design design Greece green design recycle recycled Recycled design reuse shopping sustainable design upcycling

Scythe sharpening stone carrier – Reuse Recipe

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reuse scythe upcyclingby Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Austrian scythe, unlike the old English scythe and the standard German and American ones, is sharpened wet with a “flat” stone and water and, as resharpening is done every five or ten minutes during work, and the stone or stones should be kept wet, thus a means of carrying stone or stones in water is required.

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Absolut Vodka Salt Shaker – Reuse Recipe

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Reuse/Upcycling Recipe by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Salt (and pepper) shakers made by upcycling Absolut Vodka bottles of this kind can, in fact, be bought at some outlets online and elsewhere. green living green living tips reuse upcycling But, why buy when you can make it yourself?

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Finding the Use in ReUse

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Our ancestors were very adept in finding the use in reuse, so to speak, and it came rather natural to them, and this includes especially items of waste. I look for a possible reuse in everything that I come across and not just waste that I encounter in the home. Not more than a couple of months prior to this find and reuse I came across an almost new IKEA coffee table in the same dumpster which now serves me as a table for my laminator in the “office”.

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Reuse before composting

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Instead of composting fruits and vegetables immediately, there are ways that you can give them a final reuse before tossing them to be turned into great garden soil. Reuse is also most beneficial in other quarters and not just as regards to compostable household waste. reuse composting upcyclingBy Michael Smith (Veshengro) Do you know your bin is full of reusable refuse?

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Upcycled packaging from disposable bags

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Instead of using a shipping envelope or other new packaging materials why not reuse an empty potato chip bag? You could probably wash a big batch at once in a sink full of hot, soapy water and hang them to dry in the shower to save yourself some time, if you wanted to upcycle your own chip bag packaging. Other things too can be upcycled, such as cereal pack, and, obviously, previously used envelopes. recycling upcycling

Reuse: The stepchild of waste management (in our homes)

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) For some peculiar reason, despite the fact that the 3Rs of waste management are “reduce, reuse, recycle” most people and even governments only seem to understand them as being “recycle, recycle, recycle” and reuse is, literally, being ignored like a poor stepchild or orphan. They are reused or, if one wants, repurposed; not recycled. A resource for reuse and upcycling. reuse waste management waste waste reduction reusing

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Recycled and Upcycled Papers Become Miniature Origami Masterpieces

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Israeli crafter Ruti Ben Dror, who has a love for reusing pre-existing materials and color-matching, has found a use for her used tea bag wrappers and other paper scraps in the form of origami. ” “This kind of art combines my passion for shaping and color-matching with my love for nature”, she continues, “while attempting to preserve and reuse pre-existing materials.” Read about other upcycled paper designs:: A Wastepaper Basket Made From Wasted Paper.

Recycling so yesterday, today we upcycle!

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And more often here there arises the trend of “upcycling”. By upcycling what is considered waste by others is turned into individual treasures and upcyling should, nay must, be seen as a sustainable alternative to throwing something away, and that includes items of packaging waste. But, to get really down to it, we must stop consuming much less and make more things for ourselves, and that means, more often than not, by way of upcycling.

upcycle, upcycled, upcycling

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i have known about 'upcycling' for about a year now. i was perusing the pages of Etsy when i stumbled upon an item that had the word 'upcycle' in its title. here is what i found- upcycling, as defined by wikipedia , " is a component of sustainability in which waste materials are used to provide new products. Upcycling is the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value."

Momo Wang’s Third Hand Upcycled Collection: Inspired by Derrida

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Momo Wang’s Third-Hand UpCycle Collection is a brilliantly colorful example of what can be achieved with reusing found materials in fashion. ” Upcycling as art form isn’t a new idea; anyone who is familiar with the history of quilting in America knows that the best examples of that art take what was once a precious commodity (printed fabric) and uses every last bit of it. Fair Fashion Featured china eco fashion momo wang reuse sustainable upcycled

Upcycling in home & office

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Turning your trash into treasure by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Reduce, reuse, recycle is a simple tenet that has helped guide environmentalists and sustainability activists alike since its inception. What about reuse, or, more precisely and specifically so-called upcycling, however? What is Upcycling? Upcycling turns it into something else, but without refinement. So why upcycle? This is part of the reason upcycling makes such a great activity for kids.

Think reuse and repurpose always first

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But reuse is before recycle on the list and we must think reuse and, as said, and thus really we might need a fourth “R”, repurpose before recycle, if reuse is not a possible option. Green business and visiting cards too can be created using this method of upcycling packaging card stock and a rubber stamp. All my index cards and business/visitor cards are upcycled from waste packaging material and such like waste card stock.

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6 Household Items You Can Upcycle for the Garden

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Here are some ideas for upcycled garden features to help get your creative juices flowing. gardening hacks gardening tips green living green living tips reuse upcycling Got a pile of junk destined for the curb? Give it new life as a trellis or planter in the garden. Gardeners are a resourceful bunch, and there’s nothing better than creating conversation pieces for the landscape.

The politics of recycling vs reusing

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The politics of recycling vs reusing and the deliberate confusing of the two On the left of the picture you see what recycling of glass looks like. On the right, now that is reuse. Time and again we see reuse being called recycling and while it seems a common and seemingly simple mistake there are a myriad of daily examples where reuse is called recycling. Reuse does not require new materials.

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Rescued Candlesticks Unite to Form Upcycled Menorah

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Candlesticks that have lost their partners find a home in this upcycled menorah. In the designers’ words, “these reused candlesticks, which once played an important part in different family ceremonies, are now reused and united to form a candelabrum. Read more about upcycled and repurposed design:: Tel Aviv’s Junktion Studio Keeps Inspiring Us to Rethink Our Junk. Hasadna Upcycled Design Workshop Doesn’t.

10 Ways To Upcycle your Old Wrapping Paper and Christmas Cards

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If you can carefully open your presents then, you can fold them away and reuse them the following season, or you can upcycle them into the fun projects below… 10 Ways To Upcycle your Old Wrapping Paper and Christmas Cards. Upcycled Christmas Card Bookmarks via The Good Weekly. Reused Wrapping Paper Wreath via Instructables.

Aya Kaya’s Online Upcycling Tutorial For Turning T-Shirts Into Bags

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Sustainable Israeli designer Aya Tager will be giving upcycling workshops in Tel Aviv in a couple weeks, but for those who can’t make it she is giving an online workshop right here on Green Prophet! Read more fun and easy upcycling tutorials: Think Again: Make a Last Minute Gift Bow with Reused Paper. Fashion & Design clothing crafts design green crafts recycled fashion reuse upcycled materials upcycling used clothing

DIY Upcycled Book Planter

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Eco-Products Green Crafts Recycling book Crafts DIY home plants Recycle Reuse upcycleLooking to class up your average flower planters around the house? Try this unique and fun DIY project by Chrisjob over at Curbly that turns an old used book into a gorgeous one-of-a-kind planter. Supplies Needed: Book. Electric drill. Hole saw. Safety glasses. Dusk mask. Scrap wood – 2 pieces. Clamp. Exacto Knife. Screen. Hot glue gun & glue sticks. White glue & small paint brush.

Liat Yaniv’s Colorful Newspaper World and Upcycled Paper Dolls

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Fashion & Design Artists design green design Israel paper reused paper sustainable design upcyclingYaniv’s surprisingly colorful dolls are made solely from scraps of newspaper (and no paint!). Israeli artist Liat Yaniv ‘s creativity – like that of many before here – was fueled by a shortage of materials and resources.

10 Upcycled Paper Cypress Trees to Be Built as Part of Interfaith Ecological Celebration

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For Christmas last year, Israeli artist Hadas Itzcovitch gifted her city of Haifa a tree made from 5480 upcycled plastic bottles (pictured above). Itzcovitch intends to bring the infrastructure for the trees alone – 10 timber bases – and encourage local residents to come help her construct the trees using upcycled newspapers. Read more about other sculptural upcycling projects:: Haifa Christmas Tree Made From Over 5,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: What Do the Three Rs Mean?


Reduce, reuse and recycle is a battle. Reversing the trend of accelerating garbage accumulation is essential to the planet’s future, and reducing, reusing and recycling offers a comprehensive answer to an increasingly perplexing problem. Waste management is different from waste disposal, and the reduce, reuse and recycle mantra reflects the complexity of the concept. Step #2: Reuse your items. Cleaning out a computer tower for reuse as a mail box.

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Why is reuse regarded so badly?

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Reuse, on the other hand, barely ever seems to get a mention and a looking in and is treated like a stepchild; nay worse. Why can't packaging be designed with reuse in mind? A great majority of people nowadays do not seem to have the right amount of imagination (any more) in order to come up with all the possible reuse ideas and thus it would be good to have such ideas printed on the package, whether it is a carton, a plastic bottle, or what have you.

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Help – I cannot stop upcycling!

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) From early childhood that what we now call “upcycling” and recycling has been part of my life. Reusing items that others would regards as rubbish, as trash, as waste, and reworking those was the usual thing for us in our family and I must say that I have, to this day, retained this “trait”, for lack of a better word. Do I have a problem?

Bring back the reuse mindset of our ancestors

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) How can we bring back the reuse mindset of our ancestors, our grandparents and their parents? It would appear that the majority, even in the green movement, have misunderstood the recycling message, aided and abetted by our governments (and we will not talk about whether governments are actually a good thing or not), to read “recycle, recycle, recycle” rather than the reuse that is in there also.

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How to recycle or upcycle old mobile phones

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This is how you can recycle or upcycle your old phone so that you’ll stay in touch with others and still be doing your bit for the planet. Reusing your phone. When you give up your phone for recycling, the following parts are recovered and reused: Printed circuit boards (PCBs), connectors, integrated circuits (ICs), keyboards, LCD screens, lenses, microphones, speakers and screws can all be reused.

Let’s bounce! on tires upcycled into rubber-soled shoes

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More than 75 percent of the scrap tires are now recycled or beneficially reused for fuel, for engineering applications such as rubberized asphalt and as sub-fill for highway ramps, embankments, shoulder construction, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association.

Upcycling: Something that we must all do (again)

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It only wasn't called upcycling back then and it was the common thing; everyone did it. While upcycling firms like Terracycle, and others, smaller ones, do a great job on a large scale, or not so large but still commercial scale in the case of the smaller firms, with the various items of waste – and some of the products are what smaller upcycling crafters did before – each and everyone of us must do his or her part by upcycling waste at home, at school, at the workplace, etc.

ReUse ReMake Crayons

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Tags: Green Crafts Recycling color Crafts crayons DIY Recycle Reuse up-cycle upcycle

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Wheels: rubber tires reused as hipster design in Jordan

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Either she paints them in elaborate designs to be used as plant pots, or covers them in durable fabrics (often sent from Dubai by her Aunt who lives there) for use as a decorative piece, or even upcycles them as hipster stools. Rubber tires are pure nastiness, especially when they’re no longer useful for cars. They languish in landfills, provide habitat for mosquitoes and rats , and often cause horrendous fires - like this one in Kuwait that was visible from space.

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DIY watering can

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Made from a plastic milk bottle or similar container, it is free and a great way to upcycle your junk into something practical. DIY DIY garden tools DIY projects DIY with trash gardening gardening hacks Green DIY green living milk jug reuse reuse recipe upcycling watering canby Michael Smith (Veshengro) Transform a milk jug into a watering can This project will have you saving your milk container to create a kid- friendly watering can.

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Starve your trash can and recycling bin; Reuse more

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The more you reuse the less goes into the waste stream which, more often than not, means into the landfill, or has to be broken up in the so-called recycling process to make new products. Reuse and upcycling is really the only way to go and there is much that first of all does not have to be tossed and secondly there is much of so-called waste that can, with a little imagination, be reused and repurposed and upcycled.

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Neodandi House of Couture NYFW F/W 2013 Show: Upcycled Transformations

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From knee-length men’s trench coats made from reclaimed suit jackets, to women’s cotton dresses from white t-shirts, Neodandi House of Couture ‘s creator, NiiLartey De Osu reuses materials to create new from old. The post Neodandi House of Couture NYFW F/W 2013 Show: Upcycled Transformations appeared first on Eco-Chick. Fair Fashion De Osu eco fashion f/w 2013 fashion week neodandi New York City NYFW sustainable style upcycled

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Thrift Stores – Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

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Thrift store shopping is a great way to practice your 3 R’s – reduce, reuse, and recycle. Reuse – Most items at thrift stores are in good condition and can be reused. Tags: Eco-Products Family Recycling Tips Plato’s Closet Recycle reduce Reuse Thrift Stores up-cycle upcycle Reduce – Purchasing a used item rather than a new one reduces the amount of new inputs to the environment.

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