October 2018 is national Reuse Month where we all find new ways to reuse, repurpose and reimagine everyday items and materials that would otherwise go to waste. As part of this initiative, why not find a new way to reduce waste by getting into upcycling. To give you some inspiration, the Regional Waste Management offices met with three people who have turned upcycling from a creative hobby into a passion, or in some cases a successful business. But what is upcycling?

Upcycling involves transforming an unwanted or discarded item into something new, useful and often beautiful. Upcycling can be used to create new products of any kind, including homeware, furniture and fashion. So, let’s meet our upcyclers.

Homeware Upcycling Ideas

Dublin based Emmet upcycles discarded copper into unique and beautiful homeware products, breathing new life into materials that otherwise would have been discarded. The copper materials that he rescues from the scrap yard every month get turned into a wide range of homeware creations and custom pieces.

Furniture Upcycling Projects

When Liz ran out of funds to furnish her newly built home, she turned to upcycling as a creative solution to her problem. Sourcing disused pieces of furniture, she brought them home, sanded them down, painted them, and furnished her entire home with an eclectic collection of one of a kind, high quality pieces.

Fashion Upcycling Inspiration

The environmental impact of ‘fast fashion’ is an issue that is firmly under the spotlight, with more people looking for sustainable fashion solutions. Why not take inspiration from Be Brave Textiles and upcycle, or ‘upstyle’ something already in your wardrobe? This small family business with a passion for sustainable fashion upcycle pre-loved vintage neckties into high-fashion uni-sex accessories for stylish men and women around the world.

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