The (Hidden) Value of Recycling

The (Hidden) Value of Recycling

It began with a movement in the 1970’s – like all of the great movements. Recycling saw its first “Earth Day” during the decade and over time would become an industry. In the most general of terms, products that are recycled today fall into several categories:

Aside from these ‘categories,’ however, in recent years the idea of ‘repurposing’ or ‘reusing’ has been talked about.

Reduce - reuse - recycle
Often called ‘upcycling’, reusing items rather than forcing them into a landfill, is a smart, sustainable alternative in the recycle game. One of the most popular items to upcycle is furniture. If you have a local online community website, there are lots of folks who look for old dressers, chairs, cabinets to refinish/sell or build into amazing art to give it a second life. Other items for upcycling can include:

During your next basement, garage or attic cleanout, take a hard look at what you’ve got. It may be easier and better for the environment to consider donating or repurposing than just tossing! Just because you’re not crafty – doesn’t mean hope is lost. Need some inspiration? This should get the creative juices flowing:

Hopefully you can see beyond the trash pile and consider reusing, donating or upcycling items found during your next purge. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – and you may be sitting on one right now!


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