What is the purpose of upcycling?
Upcycling is a form of recycling that changes waste into a high-quality product. It is a process where individuals, groups of people and businesses get creative and use their skills to give household items a second lease of life.
Upcycling is changing attitudes, cutting waste and bringing other social benefits.
What are the benefits of upcycling?
There are huge benefits to upcycling, these include:
- It conserves the environment
- Reduces the amount of waste that is dumped in landfills
- Helps reduce the cost of production
- Cuts down on air pollution, water pollution, and even greenhouse gas emissions.
While upcycling item is mostly related to furniture, almost any object or textile can be given more value. These refurbed items according to the upcycling company The Loop, “re-loved items are eco-friendly, saves you money, and it shows your individuality in a world full of copycats.”
A recent environment charity event by North London Waste Authority said 75% of event attendees said they would reuse, upcycle and repair more and throw away less. British Society is slowly becoming a throw away culture from furniture to cars to clothes and up cyclers are becoming the fore front of a new form of consumer behaviour.
Where to find furniture to upcycle?
You may already have unwanted, unloved items in your home that can be restored to give them a new lease of life. There are also a number of charities (around the U.K) who sell items that can be upcycled at low prices – including CT Furniture!
How to restore furniture?
When getting started, your first task is to think about the item you wish to upcycle then research where you can buy a donated item at a low price (that would be CT Furniture again…a hum 😉)
For instance, you may wish to restore an old chest of draws; giving them a new life by improving its condition and add a lick of chic paint. If that’s the case, find places in your area where you can find the items you need.
What materials do I need to help me restore items?
You may already have a number of materials and tools at home which could include dusk mask, paintbrushes, proprietary chemical stripper, stripping tool, wax and polish remover and fine steel wool, fine glass paper, sanding block, wood dye finishing oil, wax polish and paint.
If you don’t have what you need to get the job done, you can find what you need from local stores. Prices start for these items can be as low as £1 and the quality of paint is up to you.
Now your imagination and creativity can be set loose.
What is needed now is a bit of time and labor to restore your item.
Shabby Guy is a great restorer with a YouTube channel that shows you how to create a shabby chic look to your new loved item, plus there are other YouTubers who have great tutorials about upcycling.
How can CT Furniture help me?
CT Furniture collect donated items from residents across the North East and Birmingham. This means we have a selection of high quality secondhand items such as sofa’s, armchairs, tables, chest of draws, bookcases, shelving units, dining tables, display cabinets to mirrors for you to purchase and get started on your restoration project. Prices for these items begin as low as £3.
All you need to do is pick your item and invest your time, materials, creativity and energy to make your upcycling piece come alive.
We are also currently running a competition called ‘RestoreForMore,’ whereby you could win £60 in High Street Vouchers by purchasing, restoring and sharing your before and after pictures with us via our social media channels.
For more information on the competition and how to enter visit www.ctfurniture.org/restoreformore