A guild member had dozens of insulated metallic cold shipping pouches left over from the holidays and put forth an upcycle challenge. Ha! I could do this! I found the 15-Minute Water Bottle Sling pouch pattern. It looked easy, quick, simple and would do nicely as a Scrap Happy project. The insulated shipping pouch would make the perfect liner. How smug I was.
So just WHAT does it all mean? I find these terms all over ‘blogdom’.
I decide to do a little sleuthing…
Well, we all know what it is to REUSE. I try to reuse shipping materials from my Etsy shop whenever possible. When reusing, the value of the products remain the same.
However, I am saving time, money, energy and resources.
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When I REPURPOSE, I am no longer using a product as originally intended. I have given it a new purpose; increasing its aesthetic and monetary value. Before repurposing, these items are usually considered junk or garbage.
I’ve repurposed discarded items into art and functional pieces.
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To UPCYCLEis to reuse an old item in an altered and innovative way giving it more value. This results in better quality and higher environmental value.
I’ve upcycled architectural salvage with a new function in mind.