Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.
There are countless ideas on Pinterest about upycling IKEA furniture, thrift store clothing, and any “junk” from your basement, closet, storage locker, or flea market. Turn that record into a popcorn bowl! Make a quilt out of t-shirts! Cut a tub in half and create a reading nook! (For more whimsical/crafty/funny ideas, read Amy Sedaris’ book, Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People ) Old things are given new life with upcycling, and your life is no different!
Changing your habits in small ways is nothing new, it just has a trendier name. Every expert tells you to change your habits in slow ways. For example, I waste my time on Facebook, so I make sure to like all my favorite blogs (like Think Progress) and follow my favorite writers (like The Brain Scoop) so I tend to read their articles instead of just seeing selfies, baby photos or vague statuses.
Take your current habit, and turn it into something more beneficial. Instead of coffee in the morning, drink white tea (the health benefits are great!). Instead of spending your lunch hour sitting in the cafeteria, take a walk outside! Take the time on your commute to call someone. Listen to music? Try an audiobook! Do you normally do 30 minutes of cardio? Why not add some leg weights or arm exercises? All of these suggestions are “upcycling.”
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