“Reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original” Oxford Dictionary.
Recycling vs Upcycling
Recycling takes consumer materials — mostly plastic, paper, metal and glass — and breaks them down so their base materials can be remade into a new consumer product, often of lesser quality.
When you Upcycle an item, you are not breaking down the materials. You may be refashioning it — like cutting a t-shirt into strips of yarn — but it’s still made of the same materials as when you started.
Here are two examples of great upcycling projects children will love to create...
How can I get started?
I have tracked down some great organisations who are providing their communities with a one stop shop for recycled goods. If you don't live near a city, it's always helpful to ask parents to donate recycled materials to add to your art supplies. I would love to hear from you if you have a similar organisation in your area and I can add it to our list.
New South Wales
I’m sorry Tasmania, I can’t find any upcycling services online for you. I’d love to find out if you have anything similar, please comment below and let me know.
Recycling near you…
Another place to consider looking when on the search for supplies…