Questions tagged [upcycling]

form of recycling where waste materials are used to create new products that are of better quality than the original.

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How can I reuse or upcycle used, leftover, tiny bath soap bar bits?

After the bath soaps have been used, tiny bits remain. Note that this is not about re-using half-used or little-used soaps such as found in hotels. I am aware there are charities such as Sundara Fund ...
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Glass Recycling Case Study

Does anyone have a case study on community glass recycling. Specifically the cost/ton to crush/pulverize and screen into usable traction control sand for winter applications?
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Repurposing polystyrene packaging material as ceiling insulation; safety and techniques

I'm aware there are fire safety and other regulations that ensure the various types of ceiling insulation on the market are safe to use. If I was to cut unwanted polystyrene packaging material into a ...
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What items can I reuse to make my own homemade rain barrel on the cheap?

I want to set up a rain barrel to collect water to use in my garden. Any ideas on how I can do this using only or mostly upcycled materials (cheaply)?
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How can I build a spinning wheel?

I have a large wolf-dog hybrid who sheds, a lot! I have to brush him every day. A friend came by, saw the massive amount of fur he's shedding and remarked that it would be great for spinning into ...
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Getting rid of label glue

I up-cycled a glass liquor bottle into a drinking glass (by means of scoring, heat-shocking, and polishing). What I'm left with is a lovely glass with some very stubborn label glue on it. How can I ...