We've all heard of recycling, but are you familiar with upcycling? According to Wikipedia, upcycling is defined as, "the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value." Reuse is, after all, better than recycling. It saves the energy required to recycle the material and it prevents the consumption of a brand new (or even new-recycled) item. Upcycling has really taken off online. There are entire Pinterest boards dedicated to creative upcycling ideas. Companies like 1-800-GOT-JUNK even advocate upcycling with ways to repurpose items you might otherwise send off in one of their trucks. Upcycling is an ideal way to decorate a house which might benefit from a colorful, funky, and eclectic feel. Beach houses, rental cabins, and garage workspaces are perfect places for upcycling to shine. Upcycling of reclaimed materials from old barns and wineries has even been used to inspire design and renovation of luxury homes. You can also teach the concept of upcycling to kids by engaging them in craft projects to turn trash into toys. (Be sure to check out Upcycle Magazine for more ideas.) Also, if you can't think of a way to upcycle something, consider the Salvation Army. Your used goods can have a second life and give someone a second chance!
Author:Kathy Toonder Phone: 941-544-7270 Dated: August 6th 2014 Views: 1,117 About Kathy: I enjoy walking the warm sandy beaches, swimming and watching the magnificent sunsets on Florida’s...
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I enjoy walking the warm sandy beaches, swimming and watching the magnificent sunsets on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Thirty years ago I came from Michigan to the Sarasota area to enjoy the beaches of the Sunshine State. The “Beach Communities” Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key and Casey Key are what draw everyone to make Sarasota their home!
Sarasota the “Cultural Capital” of Florida attracts homeowners that want more than just a beach experience. Sarasota and Manatee communities with the growth of new housing maintain their elegant but laid back style. It is a great place to make it your home to be able to enjoy lush natural environment and the amenities of a modern city.
I became a home owne r in Lakewood Ranch an award winning 17,500 acre site that provides a beautiful master planned, maintained and golf community. Get the picture: blue waters, white sand, plenty of sun, blue skies, fabulous food, casual outdoor dining, amazing fishing, play golf, boat races, music and art festivals….
My focus is to best understand the goals and visions of my clients, ensuring all decisions are made with a wealth of information and the necessary tools for a successful, rewarding experience.
I have found my “Slice of Heaven” I look forward to you finding yours!