Don Wilson wrote:
By the way, I see that you are in central OK. Approximately where are you? I live near Agra.
Brenda Groth wrote:there are books, magazines and websites that are dedicated to repurposing "junk". I find some of it is useful and some of it is even beneficial and beautiful..and then there is some that is just ..well..junky.
Brenda Groth wrote:I have repurposed many things in both of our homes over many years..including repurposing old cabinetry, lumber, shutters, sliding glass doors and windows, etc..to some very sustantial savings and quite helpful storage use. I do have an interior design back ground so it is pretty obvious to me some items that can be reused..i also have seen people repupose a lot of less obvious things into some beautiful and useful items.
To me true "upcycling" is using found things to make something that is either better than or more useful than the original. This means that unless you're upcycling a really common and frequently tossed item, the results will be unique and not of sufficient quantity to consider selling them. The exception might be the locals that buy up largely worn-out garden tools and weld/bend them into useful art. Unfortunately, many of the items I've seen made this way are only "art" - not that beautifying the world isn't an acceptable goal - and I'm left wondering if the old tools were *really* worn out, or could have been refurbished for their intended task. For example, most people toss a tool for a broken handle, rather than buying or making a new handle.
In many cases people seem to have done them for home & family usage, not so much for sale.
On my evil twin days, I look at the dangerous things people do and try to believe it's just Darwinism at work!
Or things like this, unsafe in several ways!
Skandi Rogers wrote:I think something that puts a lot of people off (me included) is that if you go search the internet on this topic what you mainly find is kitsch junk.
Or things like this, unsafe in several ways! I do reuse things, plant labels are cut from any thin white plastic that comes my way, ice-cream lids yogurt pots etc. seed trays are old meat trays, large plant pots are actually buckets with holes in (more durable AND cheaper) wood is reused until it's compost or kindling. but all of what I do only delays the point the plastic (in general plastic) gets burnt.
Jay Angler wrote:On creative days, I often look at the kitsch stuff and wonder how it can actually be re-designed or done that would actually be useful.
Brent Jmiller wrote:
NEVER BURN PLASTIC (unsafe in many ways)
Save it for the mushrooms