/r/upcycling

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Upcycling is reusing waste or unwanted materials without destroying them in order to create something new.

What is the difference between Recycling and Upcycling?

Recycling takes waste products, breaks them down, then forms them into something new. Upcycling is reusing waste or unwanted materials without destroying them in order to create something new, which makes upcycling more energy efficient than recycling.

  • Example of recycling: Taking plastic bags, breaking down the materials, reforming it, and turning the used plastic into a new cup.
  • Example of upcycling: Transforming old clothes into a new outfit, bag, or stuffed animal.

More About r/Upcycling

This subreddit is for people who have come together to turn waste or unwanted items into something useful. We encourage reducing, reusing and recycling waste in the traditional fashion, but there are some things that don't recycle well, or would otherwise be thrown away. For these types of materials, we encourage re-purposing the materials.

This space is for anything upcycling. All relevant posts are welcome.

Challenge of The Month

Each month we will have a challenge on the sub. This month's challenge can be found at the top of the page as a post. You will need to upcycle something in the theme we give you and then post a picture of it in the comments of the post

All participants will get a special flair that will get updated when you do more challenges.

Posting Policy

We have a very simple posting policy. We realize that some Redditors have relevant blogs or Etsy shops. It's OK to post them here, but only if you are contributing to the Reddit community more than you are posting and cross-posting your own content.

Where did my post go?

Reddit has an aggressive system for weeding out spam, especially if you're new or cross-posting the same content throughout many subreddits. If you notice your post is missing and doesn't get any responses by the end of the day, just feel free to message the mod to bring attention to the spam trap.

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/r/upcycling

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I have 7 of these. Any ideas on how to upcycle?

7 Comments
2024/05/20
03:18 UTC

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upcycling startup

Hi everyone, we're doing a small side project to promote the value of upcycling. We're an e-commerce startup curating cool and appealing upcycled fashion/items around the world. We're at a very early stage and taking a baby step at a time, but we wanted to see if any of you would potentially be interested. Thanks!

www.mahoganyclub.one

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2024/05/20
00:29 UTC

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Upcycled track pant: yoga mat carrying bag

7 Comments
2024/05/19
15:21 UTC

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Ideas for this?

Just picked up this vintage stand today and I'm looking for some ideas of what I could turn it into. :)

14 Comments
2024/05/19
01:28 UTC

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Search for used tote bags in bulk

This may be the wrong subreddit (I am new here), but I am searching for used, plain tote bags in bulk to put an organization logo on. I am hoping to be as environmentally friendly as possible and don't want to buy new! Anyone know where I can source something like this? I am in Canada if that helps. TIA!

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2024/05/19
00:40 UTC

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Having fun with paint, pens and pottery….

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2024/05/18
15:46 UTC

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The ziploc type of closures on food packages

Has anyone here found a use for this part of the package?

1 Comment
2024/05/18
15:45 UTC

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Help

How to paint on silver pouch? (Like Pouch of chips)

0 Comments
2024/05/18
15:23 UTC

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Painted hutch

So I bought a dirt cheap hutch off marketplace. It was originally wood but they painted it white. The paint job is REALLY bad in some places so I’d like to repaint it. A fresh coat of paint and new hardware would work wonders.

Can I use chalk paint to just paint over it? Should I sand it then repaint it? It’s my first project so if anybody has suggestions/recommendations, I’d appreciate it.

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2024/05/17
22:09 UTC

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Handpainted them. Love how these turned out!

6 Comments
2024/05/17
21:27 UTC

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Large denim shopper made from recycled denim belts and cotton inside

1 Comment
2024/05/17
21:00 UTC

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Button bags! Made from thrifted corduroy + secondhand zippers & buttons ♻️💚

7 Comments
2024/05/17
18:38 UTC

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Painting the body dark blue - should the top be dark oak wood stain or light?

5 Comments
2024/05/17
16:06 UTC

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Uses for Maple Syrup bottle? (Lid is broken)

44 Comments
2024/05/17
14:44 UTC

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Futon cover out of fabric samples

When we were picking out our sofa, we weren't sure which colour or fabric would work best, so we ended up collecting a good stack of fabric samples.

I had the idea of covering our smaller futon in a patchwork quilt made from the samples, and had various friends, colleagues and strangers pitch in their own piles of fabric samples that were otherwise going to landfill or gathering dust.

It's not stellar quilting/sewing work, but I'm pretty happy with the end result and super happy to see the fabric put to good use! Only new thing purchased for it was a fresh spool of thread 😅

10 Comments
2024/05/17
13:06 UTC

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Bunny pillow I made several days ago from old stockings

9 Comments
2024/05/16
22:44 UTC

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Aquarium -> Terrarium

2 Comments
2024/05/16
10:10 UTC

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Chest

Give me suggestions please

7 Comments
2024/05/16
04:28 UTC

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The button vest! Made from 100% secondhand materials! ♻️ buttons all thrifted.

13 Comments
2024/05/16
00:48 UTC

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Upcycled fabric scraps: landscape with ladybug!

4 Comments
2024/05/16
00:30 UTC

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Curso online GRATIS: Cortador de botellas 🔥 de vidrio cuadradas casero y artesanal con resistencia de calor por LANCHI DE GREEN GLASS

Lanchi, el reconocido Artista en Vidrio fundador de Green Glass Argentina, te enseña para que puedas aprender a cortar Botellas De Vidrio cuadradas de manera casera y fácil. Utilizando un cortador de vidrio marca la botella para luego ponerla en una resistencia de calor y que éste se quiebre para la creación de un Vaso Reciclado ♻️ premium. Más info curso online completo en https://greenglass.me/

2 Comments
2024/05/14
12:16 UTC

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