Did you know that recycling one aluminum can save enough energy to run a TV for three hours? While we’re all quite familiar with recycling and how it can benefit the world around us, upcycling takes it a step further.
What is upcycling, you ask? Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.
Last month, The Huffington Post did a great piece on ways to upcycle plastic bags and we couldn’t help but share. Below are a few do-it-yourself upcycle tips, along with a link to the original post. Enjoy!
- Create a soccer ball. It’s easier than you think to make a soccer ball. Simply fasten multiple plastic bags tightly together.
- Learn to plarn. Plarnning is the art of making a weaveable material from old plastic bags and serves as the basis for many other plastic bag crafts.
- Stand-in for plastc wrap. If a recipe calls for something to be battered and flattened, use a bag instead.
While their eco-impact may be harsh, you can make a plastic bag serve a second purpose before it ends up in a landfill.