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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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Electric Drill Restoration | BLACK & DECKER BD250 DRILL

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2023/09/22
08:20 UTC

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Benefits of Water Reuse and Recycling

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2023/09/22
05:46 UTC

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Any idea how to paint this table ?

Thought about giving it black/white legs, darken the wood on top

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2023/09/21
16:59 UTC

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This is how I store my muesli.

24 Comments
2023/09/21
08:30 UTC

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Makeup Products

What do you do with used makeup products? Charities won’t take them because they’re partially used and people won’t buy them because of that reason as well. I have a lot of stuff, ranging from lipstick tubes to skincare jars to palettes. Any ideas?

10 Comments
2023/09/20
22:25 UTC

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Zero Waste Woodblocks from Upcycling material

a short video showcasing my process and reasoning for choosing woodblock printing as a carbon-negative and zero waste endeavor

5 Comments
2023/09/20
20:37 UTC

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Anything I can do with these?

Uncovered what looks like tossed aside chainlink fence posts buried under pine straw.. Is there anyway I can avoid taking these to the dump, what could I do?

38 Comments
2023/09/20
15:12 UTC

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Aihuishou announces cooperation with SK Chemicals: Looking forward to leading innovation in the recycling value chain

According to news on September 19, Aihuishou·Aiclassification, the urban green industry chain business of ATRENEW(NYSE: RERE) Group, recently announced the signing of a strategic cooperation memorandum of understanding with SK Chemicals, a leading company in the field of chemicals and life sciences in South Korea. It is understood that both parties will give full play to their advantages in their respective fields and cooperate on the recycling and classification of household waste in Guangdong Province.

1 Comment
2023/09/20
12:02 UTC

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Reviving old iMac G4

I am trying to remove the password of an old family iMac G4, the first step is holding command + S on startup which is fine.

The next step is to type “mount -uw/“. This step is done underneath “if you wish to boot the system: exit”

However my Mac shows,

“if you wish to boot the system, but stay in singular user mode: sh /ect/rc”

Do I just continue the tutorial regardless of this difference?

2 Comments
2023/09/19
16:35 UTC

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Tons of kids hangers how can I reuse for something useful

71 Comments
2023/09/19
13:14 UTC

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first sweater!

got this blanket from goodwill and thought id try to make a sweater. its a little short and small but ill get better.

18 Comments
2023/09/17
20:30 UTC

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Rope/String crafts for guys?

I was recently given a lot of string by someone at work. What are some crafts for a guy like me to do during my free time?

35 Comments
2023/09/17
14:04 UTC

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Ideas for 100 soda tabs?

I been collecting these in a half of a plastic bottle but don't have ideas on what to do with them?

17 Comments
2023/09/17
13:42 UTC

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ATRENEW(NYSE: RERE): second-hand recycling tends to be diversified

Second-hand recycling was originally a very traditional business model, but under the background of favorable policies, it has become the first consumer market to recover after the economic recovery this year.

The financial report shows that in the second quarter of 2023, the total revenue of ATRENEW was 2.96 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 38.1%; the non-GAAP operating profit was 51.98 million yuan, and the adjusted profit margin increased from -2.0% in the same period last year to 1.8%, a record A record high in a single quarter, and has achieved non-GAAP operating profits for four consecutive quarters.

The huge offline store system has played a vital role in the growth of ATRENEW's self-operated business. As of June 30, 2023, ATRENEW offline stores cover 269 cities, with a total number of 1,944 stores.

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2023/09/15
10:58 UTC

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Negative impacts that plastic waste has on human health

7 Comments
2023/09/13
06:49 UTC

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Septic Tank Cleaning

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2023/09/13
05:42 UTC

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Gnats

I’m spray painting an old lamp and as soon as I sprayed, dozens of gnats came and landed in the paint. Now the paint is dry and the gnats are stuck in the paint. How can I salvage this project?

8 Comments
2023/09/13
00:25 UTC

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Any advice on where to get single use plastic bags?

Based in London. Have been asking around but people don't seem to have many and I need loads for a weaving project. I'm only interested in used ones and not brand new. Thanks all!

17 Comments
2023/09/12
11:54 UTC

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The Most Common Sources Of Liquid Waste

8 Comments
2023/09/11
06:58 UTC

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Can I use isopropyl alcohol on cotton and polyester?

Hi,

Idk if this is the right place for this, so I'm sorry if this isn't allowed.

I have a hoodie that is 80% cotton and 20% polyester. It has a large print on the back I want to remove, and I think I can do that with 70% isopropyl alcohol. I wanted to make sure this wouldn't damage the fabric, but the Internet keeps telling me about rubbing alcohol, and the concerns are dyes or bleach. I wanted to make my own 70% isopropyl alcohol as I already have a bottle of 99.9%. Would pure isopropyl alcohol and water damage the fabric?

I hope that makes sense, thanks.

6 Comments
2023/09/10
12:36 UTC

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