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What is Creative Reuse?

Creative reuse or upcycling is the act of taking something no longer in use and giving it a second life and new function. In doing so, the finished product often becomes more practical, valuable and beautiful than what it previously was. Continue reading from Habitat for Humanity

Why Should we be Reusing and Upcycling?

The environmental benefits of upcycling are mammoth, aside from minimizing the volume of discarded materials and waste being sent to landfill each year, it also reduces the need for production using new or raw materials which means a reduction in air pollution, water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and often a conservation of global resources. There are also social, economic, and personal benefits to creatively reusing. 

  • Celebrating artisanal work and craftsmanship.
  • Supporting local and rural industry.
  • Reducing manufacturing costs.
  • Doing your bit for mother nature. 
  • Displaying crafty repair skills. 
  • Creating and using one-of-a-kind items. Continue reading from Upcycle Studio

Creative Reuse Inspiration

Link to Building a Piano Bookcase on
Link to How to Build a Wine Barrel Table on Youtube
Link to Repurposing a T-shirt into a Produce Bag on
Link to How to Build a Bottle Bird Feeder on
Link to Creating a Coiled Magazine Bowl on
Link to Making Mason Jar Chandelier on
Link to Turning Outgrown PJs into a Sleeper Stuffed Animal on

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From Our Collection

Link to Modern Upcycling by Susanna Zacke in the Catalog
Link to She Sheds by Erika Kotite in Hoopla
Link to The Art of Cardboard by Lori Zimmer in the Catalog
Link to An Almost Zero Waste Life by Megean Weldon in Hoopla
Link to Upcycling by Danny Seo in the Catalog
Link to Unscrewed by Ed Sobey in Hoopla