Recycling has been something that has gained momentum in recent years, and for good reason too. As we become more aware of our daily activities, and our environment in general, the need to reduce waste and reuse as much as possible.

Which brings us to upcycling, which builds on the sentiments of recycling and applies in a big way for some fresh DIY inspiration. Very simply, the definition of upcycling is to reuse discarded objects or material in such a way as to create something of higher quality or value than the original.

So for example taking old or discarded wood to make function furniture to invigorate an area. Using old plastic containers to start a herb garden, cutting up old clothing to make face masks, or using old candle jars for small storage units or containers for small kitchen items.

The potential of upcycling is really limitless, and can certainly unlock numerous creative opportunities around the home. So before you buy more things for the house, consider if there is a chance to upcycle to meet the purchase need. With the right tools, this will broaden the potential even further.

For further inspiration, here is a helpful guide of 30 new uses for old things to get you started: