Have you ever seen a snack wrapper turn into an iPad case? Or how about a vinyl record into a salad bowl? Or old sweaters turned into floor poof pillows?
If you have, you’ve seen upcycling in action! Upcycling is a great way to use items that would normally be thrown away or wasted, and turn them into something else and give them a second life—maybe a better one! A variety of items can be upcycled—anything from wrappers to computer parts to bicycle wheels to old jeans.
If you’ve walked the halls here at Southwest HDQ, you may have seen one of the best examples of upcycling! At Halloween, our very own upcycler, Tim Childress in Finance, transformed one of our most well-known products into a unique suit. Tim used peanut bags and creativity to create this one-of-a-kind outfit!
If you aren’t as crafty as Tim, there are plenty of web sites and stores where you can get ideas, how-tos, and items for purchase. Web sites such as www.upcyclethat.com/ and www.terracycle.com/ come up with some pretty genius upcycling ideas! If you’re on Pinterest, just search for Upcycling, and you will have so many ideas, you won’t know which ones to tackle first.
Do you make or purchase upcycled items? Let us know by commenting below. DING! You are now free to be green!