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Dear pinterest: I like you, but sometime you are stupid. And by "you" I mean the community... aka everyone on pinterest. I'd like to review one term in particular: upcycling

Upcycling is when you find an object that has outlived its purpose and save it from the trash by using it in something new. For example, the keyboard whose keys stopped working becomes a pencil cup, yay.

Stealing paint chips from the hardware store for your scrapbooks is not "upcycling"... It just increases demand for the paper and printing to make more! Did you use them to find a paint color? No? Then you didn't need these, and you're not saving them from the trash. It's not upcycling.

Buying a box of plastic spoons to make a lampshade... Also not upcycling. At all. You used a brand-new material and caused someone else to use a separate one.

I'm not saying all my crafts are 100% eco-friendly, I'm not exactly growing my own organic cotton in the yard here. But don't lie to yourself about what you're doing, that's all I ask.

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shutterbug
Nov. 15th, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on the last two links. I think the paint sample is total shit. Yes, it's cute. But it's taking more than you need.
astrogeek01
Nov. 15th, 2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
maybe uh... the one with the spoons had a whole bunch left over from an event or something? O.o
dangerpudding
Nov. 15th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you, yes! I've been thinking that for ages, especially with the paint chips. If you have some left from choosing colors, sure... but otherwise, wtf?
jume
Nov. 16th, 2013 04:28 am (UTC)
now I'm thinking about putting a "spoon recycling bin" next to the coffee maker at work...
spacefem
Nov. 16th, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
That would be getting it right!
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