Recycling takes energy and resources and money. And recycling, as we know it, is a fairly new concept.
Introducing upcycling: the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful.
Not only is it cool, but as the company Hipcycle points out, your grandma did it. It’s enduring and traditional. Like Christmas.
The term upcycled was actually coined in 2002 by William McDonaugh and Michael Braungart for their book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.
According to environmental blogger Debra Atlas, Browsing through the Hipcycle website is a feast for the eyes and imagination. It features so many fun and creative products. There are handsome clocks made from bicycle or old computer parts, colorful woven baskets made from woven plastic bags and lovely hanging jewelry racks made from reclaimed pallet wood.
Stay tuned for next week’s green holiday shopping tip from Bag It and also send us your suggestions to save the environment while spreading holiday cheer!