Upcycling is not a new convention, in fact the true upcyclers were a generation in the 1940s and 50s, who really did have to ‘make do and mend’ and turn would-be rubbish into something useful and sometimes even beautiful. Nowadays upcycling still involves giving old possessions a new purpose with an emphasis on making them into something aesthetically pleasing. Upcycling is, in some respects, a much greener option than recycling because it’s reusing items that would otherwise be thrown out as rubbish without having to go through the process of being recycled. The idea of upcycling is popular and spreading fast, with the technique being used to create virtually anything. One of the main reasons upcycling has become so popular is because it’s something that can be done with anything, by anyone. The difference between recycling and upcycling It could be argued that upcycled products are actually better quality than products that are made from recycled materials because when something is recycled it is broken down to its original base materials and it is these materials that are then made into new products. Upcycling however, uses an unused or unwanted item and refashions it into something useful and artistically attractive. Because upcycling doesn’t involve breaking down the original product, an upcycled alternative is often of a higher quality than many recycled products. The cutlery chair is one of the most popular and most famous images of upcycling on the web at the moment and although this is art that most people would probably struggle to recreate at home, it’s certainly impressive. Baked beans tins are a staple that practically everyone household has, so why not keep hold of a few – and a few other tins while you’re at it – and create some impressive and utterly unique light shades that’ll be the envy of your friends? Everyone has some old cutlery lying about that they thought might come in handy when all the family came over for Christmas perhaps? But Christmas came and went and the cutlery never left the drawer, so why not make use of it somewhere else? Here you can see how unused cutlery can make great clothes hooks or somewhere to hang your tea towels and oven gloves in the kitchen. This is something that anyone could make at home; all you need is a collection of juice cartons and you’re well on your way. YouTube has the answer to all of your questions regarding this exceptionally unique and colourful bag, as there’s a huge number of tutorials that will help you create one of your own. Ring pull bags and ring pull jewellery is becoming increasingly fashionable as people look for ways to stand out from the crowd by making use of the materials around them. When you’re upcycling it’s really possible to make anything you want, just let your mind wander and see what you end up with – you never know, you could create a masterpiece.