Turn your trash into trea­sure

Christchurch Mail - - FAMILY FOCUS -

There are many rea­sons why up­cy­cling is bet­ter than buy­ing new, writes

We’ve all got friends who can trans­form the ugli­est piece of junk into a work of art they could’ve bought from a de­signer store. But when we con­sider do­ing the same, we re­mem­ber that arts and crafts was never our strength at school.

But up­cy­cling is less about be­ing crafty and more about what the fi­nal prod­uct can do for you. Here are five rea­sons why you should take up­cy­cling more se­ri­ously. re­sene­up­cy­clin­gawards. Up­cy­cling re­quires time, ef­fort and pa­tience to per­fect. But if you dis­cover that you’re a pro at trans­form­ing tyres into plant pots, T-shirts into rugs or suit­cases into cof­fee tables, you could make some money out of your new-found skillset. Set up an on­line store, book a spot at your lo­cal mar­ket or ad­ver­tise your wares on Neigh­bourly; you might be sur­prised how many other peo­ple like your work too. Fur­ni­ture stores are home to beau­ti­ful pieces, but pur­chas­ing from th­ese stores can re­sult in homes that look sim­i­lar. Up­cy­cling gives home­own­ers cre­ative li­cence to make stun­ning pieces that match their per­son­al­ity and can’t be bought off the shelf. A wall-hang­ing herb planter made out of empty wine bot­tles and painted in your favourite colour could make a much big­ger state­ment than a generic herb gar­den you bought from a store.

Up­cy­cling isn’t just about what you can do for your­self; it’s also about what you can do for the en­vi­ron­ment. The more you turn trash that would oth­er­wise sit in our land­fills into some­thing that’s us­able and use­ful, the hap­pier Mother Na­ture will be. Need a hand to get started with your next up­cy­cling project? Dig through your garage; you might be sur­prised how much trans­formable junk you find. Have a spe­cific project in mind? Ask on Neigh­bourly; your neigh­bour might have an old tyre, a bag of glass bot­tles or a pile of wooden beer crates they’d be happy for you to have.

STUFF

Up­cy­cling items on a bound­ary wall that are be­ing used as plant hold­ers.

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