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Upscale Upcycling

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Upcycling is a practice that is becoming increasingly popular among environmentally conscious groups and individuals. While recycling, on the one hand, is good, it involves breaking down something into articles of lesser quality—a process that consumes precious energy and resources. On the other hand, upcycling is about transforming a used or disposable item into a new and desirable product of higher quality.

Many artists, decorators, and designers have utilized upcycling to create exciting new products that are both fashionable and eco-friendly. Join us in celebrating Earth Day with these inspired upcycling ideas.


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1. Tea cups


If your favorite teacups have lost their saucers or gotten chipped, don’t throw them out just yet. Instead, transform them into beautiful candle holders to enjoy in your home or give as special gifts.

Making teacup candles is easy and requires only a few items like soy or bees wax and candle wicks. Add fragrance oils like vanilla, lemon zest, or lavender to make your candles smell even sweeter and more irresistible. Clara Bows shows you how to make these adorable candles in a few simple steps.

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