“There is a kind of poetry in taking the unwanted and giving it another life” says Orsola de Castro, Creative Director at Fashion Revolution.
What perhaps started as a lockdown DIY project, has flourished into a new movement of making old items into something beautifully new.
Pauls Rubbish, a keen up-cycler, defines upcycling as; “the practice of reinventing unwanted materials and transforming them into useful products.”
Upcycling has been growing in size as people share on social media their ‘new’ furniture and how they made it. Some are even seeing it as a new business idea and are salvaging unloved items from driveway sales, charity shops, gumtree, Facebook marketplace, and eBay, and are using their creativity and embracing their artistic side to create some astonishing pieces.
The perks of upcycling are practically endless. Environmental: Future Learn reveals that the environmental benefits are “mammoth”: “Aside from minimising the volume of discarded materials and waste being sent to landfill each year, it also reduces the need for production using new or raw materials which means a reduction in air pollution, water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and often a conservation of global resources”
Innovation: Beyond reducing landfill waste, and pollution from production, upcycling promotes innovation. You are able to have a vision for an item and turn it into something wonderful. You can get colourful and enjoy the creative process and be pleased with outcome. It’s your own beautiful project. Design: Having creative freedom over the item can also help you when designing your own home. You can make your furniture match, or aesthetically compliment your specific space. You get to do what you want with it! Expanded Lifetime: Upcycling gives a new lease of life to the item. If you sand varnish, and treat the wood of an item, you’ll be maintaining its quality and expanding the life of it before you even whack out the paints and let loose.
It doesn’t even have to be furniture. You can upcycle your old clothes too and make them into a new garment that you will wear, rather than leaving it untouched and collecting dust in the back of your wardrobe. Simply take an item and let your creative vision turn it into something ‘new’ and wonderful!
If you need a bit of inspiration here’s a list of commonly upcycled items: T-shirts (add your own embroidery) Pillows (made out of old clothing) Chest of drawers (give it a makeover) Wine bottles (melt the glass into something artistic like a chandelier) Clock (give an old clock a new artisan vibe) Lamp (get craft and make a new lampshade) Key Rack (you could use an old photo frame and some hooks) Tin cans (a new plant pot for your homely green friends) Wooden pallet (this could become a new wine rack) The ideas don’t end here, but hopefully these have given you a spark of inspiration to get going on your own projects.
If you need help collecting or delivering some items you want or have already upcycled then get in touch at Moovstuff.com. We are professional removers that have a man and a van ready to carefully transport your ‘new’ pieces to their new home. We offer great prices and provide efficient and excellent service at a time that suits you. Simply book your item in by telling us what it is and when you want it moved and we will give you a free and instant quote at Moovstuff.com. We can’t wait to see you and your projects soon.