With only 15% of textiles being recycled every year, every little helps, with this issue of upcycling projects we take a look at how to change old sweaters into cushion covers. In landfill clothing can take centuries to degrade, but with this idea you can give old clothing a new lease of life.
With every 6 plastic bottles are that are purchased, 5 end up in landfill or in the ocean, this can then take 500 years to decompose. There are other ways to use plastic bottles, this week we take a look at how to create a jewellery stand from old discarded plastic bottles.
Ever wanted to decorate your fridge with something different, these scrabble fridge magnets are simple and easy to make and make the fridge a place to leave messages or have a scrabble game with a difference. Easily made with items from the craft shop with the exception of scrabble tiles which can be used from the game itself or if your really savvy you could make your own.
With almost 5 billion aluminium cans sold each year in the UK and 42% recycled, there is a still a long way to go ensure cans do not end up in landfill, this weeks DIY project takes large coffee cans and turns them into stylish planters for your home.
Despite Easter being done for another year, you could always start with some small upcycling projects for the following year, like these cute felt easter bunnies, and this is done by just recycling some of your old clothes.
Every household has an odd sock bag for socks that mysertiously go missing, so rather than throw them out why not use them in different ways. Old socks can be useful as old rags or can even be made into a DIY heatpack, or even better why not make them into a pusheen cat.
What makes being in the garden better than hearing the tweeting of the birds. Do you have any spare plastic bottles lieing around in your kitchen or in your recycling, then why not try your hand at making your own bird feeder, a great idea to do with children to get them interested in upcycling.
Our next mini project to try at home is a beach bag or grocery bag, easily made by just using an old cotton shirt. With the plastic bag charge why not create a collection of stylish collection to do your regular grocery shop.