/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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Vaso de whisky creado de una botella Johnnie Walker BLUE LABEL por los artistas LANCHI y ELI MORENO de Green Glass 🏆.

Exclusivo vaso de whisky reciclado de una botella Johnnie Walker Blue Label por los artistas Lanchi y Eli Moreno de Green Glass.

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2024/04/08
22:19 UTC

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Most surprising things you've ever seen upcycled?

I'm curious to know about the most unexpected items you've all managed to upcycle. I know I can just scroll through this sub endlessly (already on it), but I'd like to hear directly from people because sometimes, the things we think are just trash or old things others would rather throw away can be turned into something really amazing. But being creative is one thing - I'm asking about proper innovative stuff.

I've had a couple of fun experiences with upcycling in the past, like using this old, rusty bicycle wheel and turning it into a nice wall clock, and it still works as a "unique" piece in my living room. But that's not THE most surprising thing, lol, so I hope you know what I mean.

Anwyays, to reiterate - what are some of the most unexpected or surprising or crazy items you've seen upcycled?

9 Comments
2024/04/08
15:05 UTC

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Liner for pill box?

Looking to insert a new liner into a vintage pill case I have. Would like something like the photo or without dividers - I have the metal case I just need the insert.

The size doesn’t match an altoid tin but essentially I’m looking for a plastic organizing insert similar to what people sell for those containers. Any ideas on where to source that or what material I could use to make my own?

2 Comments
2024/04/08
14:05 UTC

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How I style some shirts I designed/upcycled with deadstock material

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2024/04/08
13:31 UTC

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First upcycling attempt.

Any suggestions on what to change/add? I'm looking at getting poscoa fabric pens as well to add personalision to some of my designs.

1 Comment
2024/04/08
12:39 UTC

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Any way to make the faded lines brighter?

11 Comments
2024/04/07
22:01 UTC

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we made a free tool to find any clothing item secondhand to spend less and reduce your carbon footprint ♻️ [class project]

Hi guys! My friend and I were frustrated by the high prices of mid-to-high-end fashion brands online

so we created a tool called Encore for our fashion climate tech class that links the best second-hand and cheaper alternatives for your favorite mid/high end clothing items 🍃

If you are interested in trying it out our search tool, here's our signup and website :)

Just type what you're looking for, converse with it, and it scours hundreds of resale/secondhand sites to find the top deals, much like Honey for coupons or Kayak for travel

Our project aims to lessen the fashion industry's carbon footprint, which accounts for 3-8% of global CO2 emissions!

https://preview.redd.it/h1opn9ltlysc1.png?width=2174&format=png&auto=webp&s=81ff5ae42c6c2db9773febd7c9b8651c26694516

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2024/04/07
01:22 UTC

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How can I transform this glass table top? I have this table but don't like it anymore because of the glass top. Is glass paintable? Or should I get a piece of faux wood top and stick it on top of it?

7 Comments
2024/04/06
23:10 UTC

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Any idea how to upcycle this?

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2024/04/06
18:01 UTC

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Used a weed eater engine to make a motorbike!

How does it look?

21 Comments
2024/04/06
16:58 UTC

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Trash to Treasure: Reviving a Discarded Electric Razor Scooter

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2024/04/05
19:08 UTC

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What to do with a worn out self-healing cutting mat? Mine is about nine years old and shedding plastic bits on both sides

I want to repurpose it somehow and not just trash it, would love some upcycling ideas!

16 Comments
2024/04/05
16:38 UTC

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Good quality slats - what to use them for?

I have a whole bunch of 140 cm (55") long slats from a bed that has been taken apart. Really good wood. I want to do...something, anything with them. They have stood for now 1 1/2 years looking at me, and just don't inspire any creativity.

My country is very rainy, so wont be using them outside, as they would rot away in half a year.

It doesn't have to be a project that uses them all.

Probably functional item rather that purely art.

30 Comments
2024/04/05
14:23 UTC

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Is there any way to colour the faux leather on this case?

8 Comments
2024/04/04
15:40 UTC

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Use socks your kids outgrow as soft scratch resistant storage for costume jewelry.

4 Comments
2024/04/04
04:59 UTC

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Roadside rescue

I just found this old heater on the side of the road. I'm thinking about putting string lights inside and making it a lamp. Good idea or nah?

16 Comments
2024/04/03
15:36 UTC

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Wood staining / upcycling

Any tips for upcycling/staining this pine wardrobe? I’d like a teak/warmer tone.

0 Comments
2024/04/03
10:21 UTC

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A panel for a work in progress improv quilt I am working on. All reused / recycled materials too.

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2024/04/02
23:39 UTC

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Every year my town has a “Polar Express” trailer for the Christmas parade. It’s Dyngus Day, so they swap out a few letters and keep on truckin’!

0 Comments
2024/04/01
15:36 UTC

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