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Upcycle That

Readers interested in eco-friendly crafting using items already available in their homes may enjoy Upcycle That, a website dedicated to exploring the intersection of sustainability and style. Upcycling is "a creative process where waste is looked at as a resource. Materials are reused in a clever new way, giving them a second life and function." Launched in 2012 by Judy Rom and Jacques Karsten, the website contains information on a variety of sustainable themes, from do-it-yourself holiday decor to "zero waste groceries." It also provides tutorials to turn household items that would normally go to waste into exciting home furnishings. For example, they have instructions for turning cardboard egg cartons into strings of flower lights and a rotary phone into a "retro phone lamp." Users can navigate free projects under the Make That tab (which is sorted by creation type) or Use That tab (which is sorted by material). Readers who make innovative Upcycled creations can submit their own work to be featured on the site under Submissions.
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