UPCYCLE OR FREECYCLE?

Style Magazine - - Promotion - BY SAUL GOOD­WIN

We all re­cy­cle in some way — throw our card­board, bot­tles and cans in the right coloured bin to have them come back again as more card­board, a new bot­tle or an­other can. But do you upcycle or freecycle? Up­cy­cling is es­sen­tially re­pur­pos­ing what was an un­wanted item into some­thing use­ful, prac­ti­cal, beau­ti­ful, or all three. Freecy­cling is based on pass­ing on in­stead of throw­ing out. Freecy­cling elim­i­nates goods ever suf­fer­ing the ig­nominy of be­ing rub­bish, char­ity or a hand-me-down — items are passed on, re-used and re-loved.

Freecy­cling and up­cy­cling are cre­ative, en­joy­able and sat­is­fy­ing pur­suits that also con­nect and build a com­mu­nity.

Next time you head to the bin to throw some­thing out stop, look at it again, think about what else it could be, or who else may want it.

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