We are constantly being reminded in the media that our planet is precious and we should be very mindful of all that we throw away into landfill, but what do we do when we simply no longer have use for an item and have to dispose of it? This is when ‘upcycling’ should spring to mind.
Every day people everywhere are churning out mountains of plastic and non-biodegradable waste. There is a general lack of awareness about the amount of waste and we need an innovative new approach to this issue: upcycling – the practice of converting waste materials into products of greater value, is a philosophy that transforms the way we conceive of waste. Upcycling is not just a solution to a problem, but a new method of thinking about and working with an asset (formerly known as rubbish) which is already present in abundance in our communities today. ’One person’s waste is my treasure’ according to Catri, our Eco Artist.
Check out these other Eco Artists and just see what is currently happening with waste in the art world:
It is simply amazing to think that all of these would never have existed had they been thrown away.
One artist, who we find particularly interest is Mark Langan – check out: http://tinyurl.com/7293akd everyone disposes of a cardboard, often on a weekly basis and it is wonderful to think that corrugated cardboard can be used in such an innovative way. This creative method of the reuse of a material in everyday usage is one of the wonders of upcycling.
Terracycle UK are leading the way in recycling waste. TerraCycle’s purpose is to eliminate the idea of waste. They do this by creating national recycling systems for the previously non-recyclable. The process starts by offering programmes to collect people’s waste and then convert the collected waste into a wide range of products and materials.
This is another solution to the problem of landfill and is reusing the discarded items in a practical sense. Terracycle have an interesting Facebook page where there activities can be checked out: http://www.facebook.com/TerraCycleUK We are all working towards the same end.
How about building houses from recycled waste? Recently, the incredible 747 House, a Malibu home built from the recycled parts of a Boeing 747! This was the brainchild of David Hertz, principal at David Hertz Architects and Studio of Environmental Architecture. Where had the inspiration to tear into a 747 and integrate the pieces and parts into a home come from? Apparently there was loads of red tape, hoops and hurdles that the team had to overcome to make the dream a reality. The 747 House is just the beginning in a series of buildings to be constructed from the decommissioned plane. This has to be one of the most outstanding upcycling projects http://tinyurl.com/7l7kgst