Just Like That, I am Back

 If I said I was back, would you believe me? Blogging is complicated, and there are so many "get rich quick" blogging schemes that make it look like you are a lost cause if you are not currently earning money blogging. And why are you even blogging if you don't have multiple streams of income and entertainment. If you don't have a brand? I do have this website, but I do not have Instagram, Twitter, TikTok (you don't want to see me dance), or whatever is next.  Heck, I haven't even updated this since before the pandemic. So why am I here, writing about being back and then, probably ghosting for another two years? Life has been rough. It's been painful and overwhelming. I am so thankful for you my readers, or what is left of you. I am so thankful you are reading this post. I am so thankful that you are still committed to making the world a more exciting and more sustainable place.  Keep up-cycling my friends, and you never know, I might be back again with an

Why Upcycled and Not Recycled

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The vast majority of the materials I used are previously loved. I like the term upcycled. To me it means you are taking something used and once loved, and giving it a new and better life.

I guess I am recycling something, but I don't like to lump making things out of T-shirts in the same category aluminum cans or plastic bottles that are recycled.

I recycle more then I throw out. I compost (and vermicompost) and have separate recycle bins for plastic, paper, and cardboard. I love recycling. I just feel that the term lends itself more to the process of making something completely different out of an item as opposed to taking something, leaving it partially in it's original intact form, and making it better then it was before.

So what do you think? Do you like the term Upcycled, or should I just stick to the term recycled and get over my quirkiness?

It's your call...

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Anonymous said…
Upcycled!!!! :) We use that term too. Be quirky!
Betsy said…
I like the term "upcycled"! Go for it!
Misty said…
I love the idea of upcylcing! I just did a post about a dress i made my daughter out of a dress that use to be my sister-in-laws. You can check it out here!
Jill said…
I like the term upcycled. If you read the book Cradle to Cradle they spend a fair bit of time talking about how current "recycling" is actually "downcycling" because the material they are made into is of a lesser quality than that of the original, and the recycling process is usually harmful to the environment (eg toxins in newspaper ink, etc.) Anyway, enough of my rambling. lol

P.s. I recommend reading the book (borrowed from a library, if possibly, of course!) They have a very different way of thinking about things.
ANKH said…
I, personally, like recycled better. I don't know why the word upcycled bugs me...maybe because the roots of recycled means to cycle again and upcycle means I guess cycling in the air...like exercise or something...LOL!

Who's the quirky one now! LOL ;P


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