So what is upcycling? I hadn't heard this term used until I saw a few items on the Etsy website. A simple definition would be taking material that was used for one thing and resuing the materials for something completely different. I found several up-cycled, recycled and environmentally friendly gifts to give to friends and family to start them on the road to protecting the environment.
I hardly see any men wearing a necktie anymore. So what do we do with them? How about a Necktie Wallet. Prixprix has many vintage designs to choose and dress up that boring wallet.
These Shades of Pink Mittens look soooo warm. All made from recycled sweaters from Grandma Linda's House!
Check out these Jumbo Puzzle Set for the little ones. Made out of recycled crayons! Find them at Ivy Lane Designs.
Personalized Reusable Snack Bags are the way to go instead of plastic or paper bags. Get them at Bleu Roo Handcrafted Sweetness.
I love these Plantable Peace Dove Christmas Tags. They provide double (or triple) duty. Use them on your tree as a gift tag or card and then the receiver can plant them! You can find these and more at Recycled Ideas.
Get rid of those nasty sponges that you either keep until dear life or replace quite often. Rebecca Jay makes these colorful crocheted Dishcloths that can be put in the washer and used over and over again instead of disposable sponges.