5 Great Reasons To Upcycle

Posted on: 15 April 2019

Okay! So first things first. What is upcycling? 

Upcycling is essentially taking something old or used and giving it a brand new look, or use with the aim of increasing the original value of it. It’s especially great for furniture and house products and can be a handy new skill for anyone who loves interior design. Getting started is normally really easy depending on what you’re hoping to upcycle but usually a couple of good finds in charity shops like Sue Ryder and British Heart Foundation is all you need. Pick up a few basic tools from Wilko and you’re good to go! 

1. It’s good for the environment

When you upcycle, you’re saving something old and broken from ending up in a landfill, which is a solid win for planet earth. On top of reducing the amount of material being thrown away you’ll also be reducing the need for creation of new materials. Essentially, you get a shiny new piece for your home and get to be eco friendly at the same time. 

2. It’s super fun

From charity shop hunting to coming up with your own unique designs, you’re sure to have loads of fun working on your new project. Upcycling can definitely be a group activity as well. Try getting a group of your friends together and challenging them to see who can create the best item. 

3. You’ll get to learn handy new skills

You never know where your upcycle journey is going to take you or what challenges you’ll face. From fixing up clocks old to clocks to sanding wood and everything in-between, you’re bound to learn an abundance of new skills that are sure to come in handy in the future. 

4. You get to own a unique, one of a kind item.

By far, one of the best benefits of upcycling has to be the finished product. When you design and create something yourself, you end up with a one of a kind product that you can guarantee nobody else will have. Admit it, that’s kinda cool! 

5. You’ll appreciate your belongings more 

Now this isn’t a blanket rule for everyone but we know that if we spent hours working on our upcycle projects, then we’d definitely take the time to admire our new creations. After all, you worked hard on it and getting to be proud of that should just be another perk of the job. 

If you want to know more about upcycling then take a peek at the 2019 edition of our Home & Living magazine. You can read the entire magazine HERE.