If you have simple household items you are ready to throw away, don’t be so quick in putting your trash in the bin; there are some things you can still save and upcycle, and help in reducing waste.
Upcycling is the process of turning something into something else – in a way, it is like recycling because it helps turn a would-be trash item into something useful; however, unlike recycling, upcycling mostly doesn’t require machine processing.
There are innumerable things you can upcycle at home, here are some ideas you can start with:
You can turn old wooden crates into many things, such as a shelf. Simply turn the crates sideways and stack them up. It can be a shelf for organizing anything – books, toys, clothes, and so on.
Wooden crates could also be turned into a plant box. And, because of the structure of wooden crates, it can allow the soil to breathe. You can even paint its exterior parts or leave it as it is for a rustic look.
If you have large boxes at home, you can turn them into a litter box or a bed for your pet cat.
Alternatively, you can transform it into a dollhouse, a toy kitchen, or a toy wagon for your kids.
You can cut portions of an old carpet and turn them into doormats. Or, you can cut them into smaller pieces to make slider pads for the feet of your furniture to protect your floors.
Depending on the carpet material, you can also turn your old carpet into a scratching post for your cat.
Toilet paper rolls
Toilet paper rolls could be upcycled into a Christmas light or cable organizer so you can store them in a neat and tangle-free way, they could also be transformed to a bird feeder, a confetti popper, or other crafty toys for your kids.