Upcycle furniture – clothing – art

Throwing away used items such as plastic and glass bottles might be the easiest thing to do however, it’s certainly not the most economical. Common household trash can be creatively repurposed into useful household items that would not only help you in saving some extra money, but would also reduce the amount of trash destined for the landfill. The following are some creative uses for would-have-been trash items.

Plastic and glass bottles

  • Plant vases
  • Water sprinklers
  • Bird feeders
  • Storage container (spaghetti, pens, toothbrushes etc.)

Used coffee grounds

  • Organic fertilizer
  • Odor remover
  • Insect repellant (when applied to plants)
  • Organic scouring powder

Toilet paper rolls

  • Artwork
  • Cables/Cord holder
  • Indoor flower pots
  • Napkin rings

Egg crates

  • Spice rack
  • Packaging cushions
  • Organizers (jewelry, screws etc.)
  • Paint palettes

Here are 50 more creative ways to reuse your garbage!

Written by Adil Nyambasha, Class of 2018.

Photo by Kaz

4 Replies to “Upcycle furniture – clothing – art”

  1. You’re right, Teddi.

    In fact, furniture presents one of the more impactful opportunity. Imagine the scale of impact if even 10% of our population shifted to repurposed or upcycled furniture…that is 350-700 million trees (https://www.ran.org/the-understory/how_many_trees_are_cut_down_every_year/) saved every year!

    We urge not just individuals but even commercial institutions (hotels/restaurants, offices, schools/universities) to shift to the beauty & charm of eco-friendly furniture options.

  2. You’re right, Adil.

    In fact, furniture presents one of the more impactful opportunity. Imagine the scale of impact if even 10% of our population shifted to repurposed or upcycled furniture…that is 350-700 million trees (https://www.ran.org/the-understory/how_many_trees_are_cut_down_every_year/) saved every year!

    We urge not just individuals but even commercial institutions (hotels/restaurants, offices, schools/universities) to shift to the beauty & charm of eco-friendly furniture options.

  3. Hello Admin,
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