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The Great Outdoors Is Even Greater When You Upcycle

Over the last 15 years, the amount of trash generated per household in the United States has decreased dramatically – dropping by some 50 percent between 2000 and 2010. But we still have some work today. For instance, each year, we send more than 8 tons of furniture to landfills, and outdoor furniture is some of the most discarded. Before you throw out that rusted lawn chair or weathered deck furniture, check out these creative ideas to upcycle those unwanted items into a beautiful backyard display.

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Upcycling Is Always In Fashion


Americans throw away 70 pounds of clothing each year. Those discarded clothes take up landfill space and contribute to climate change. When textiles such as cotton, wool and leather break down, they produce methane gas which traps heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. The good news is more than 90 percent of what’s thrown away can be upcycled into new garments or other products. Check out these upcycling projects and put your old clothes to new use.

Cut off the back pockets of old jeans and quick-stitch them together to make this handy organizer.


The directions for this cool Bohemian scarf includes just three easy steps: cut, pull and knot.


Old shoes make great garden planters or table centerpieces.

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