The idea of upcycling is not new. We’ve been re-using and recycling throughout the ages. Remember the three R’s they taught you in grade school? Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle. They still encourage this and uphold the motto in schools, community groups and youth events, which means...
I recently shared that my son came home with a project in light of Earth Day. The school was trying to promote awareness of re-use and recycle through a fun and creative assignment. Take any item or items that is/are not currently being used or which may be destined for landfill and create something new. The new item needs to serve a purpose. In other terms, upcycle.
Now my son, being my son, was very familiar with the term upcycle as he hears it from me constantly and loves helping me create new and unique ideas for items. He came home from school pretty excited to get going. Like me, he sees potential in almost anything and he was raring to go.
He could have taken the easy route and thrown a candle in a mason jar and called it a day.
Instead he took a walk around our workshop and made note of some old materials we had laying around, asked his Father to take him for a drive to the industrial park so he could pick up an old skid and got to work with some plans.
This is the result of young minds at work!
That’s why we took pics!
This is what they started with, a used skid and old stair balusters.
Upcycling is for everybody and if we can continue to encourage younger and younger generations to use their creativity and have some fun, we can only benefit from their continued contribution to society!
What will you create today?