As this entry title suggests, being creative is easy. We do not all feel like we ARE creative, but creating something out of nothing is something we do everyday, so by default we are creative! I know, brain melt, right?! But have you aver created something new, out of something old? Woah, more brain melt!!
Up-cycling is actually fairly new in terms of the name, but is is something we have been doing for years. It was first coined in 1994 by Reiner Pilz, stating that “what we need is up-cycling where old products are given more value not less.” Up-cycling is an even greener way of recycling, and the only energy being used is your own. Bonus? It can save you money too.
The need to find alternative ways to deal with our waste has never been greater ;in the US we throw a stunning amount of stuff into landfill.If waste-water is factored in, the total annual flow of waste in the American Industrial system is 250 trillion pounds. Americans represent 5% of the world’s population, but generate 30% of the world’s garbage, and less than 2% of the total waste stream in the United States is recycled.
According to the film The True Cost, a fashion documentary focused on answering the question of who really pays the price for our clothing,we purchase 400 percent more clothing today than we did 20 years ago, largely because of the dropping cost of fashion.
American tosses 82 pounds of textile waste each year, which adds up to 11 million tons of the stuff from our country alone.
There are ways that YOU can contribute to ensuring the regrowth of this Earth, instead of the fast decline it is experiencing.There used to be a stigma that needing to reuse something or ‘upcycling’ it meant you could not afford new things;That is hardly the truth anymore and we need to realize the positive impact that upcycling has on the environment. Did you know that you can even BUILD your home out of recycled waste?The majority of timber pallets are discarded after only six uses. Which means about 70% that are discarded are a reusable resource! There are many types of materials you can use to create your very own up-cycled home!
Upcycled container house; source: www.tinyhousetalks.com
Think about how even your smallest decisions can impact this earth, and strive to make a change, starting now.