Upcycling means taking an item that was originally intended to be used one way and extending its life by using it another way.
While upcycling is a hobby for some and a business for others, it is also an extremely important way to extend the life of material and reducing waste. Breathing new life into old items can also save you money!
In the past, using old fabric to create quilts or for patches on holey clothing was an example of upcycling. The top image shows old (and a few stained) white Tshirts that were tie-dyed by OSWW volunteers to help publicize our group as we pick up litter.
Before you throw something in the trash, take a moment to consider: "Is there another use for this?" Let your imagination lead you to breathe new life into items that would originally be destined for the dump.
In 2023, a Grade 5 class from Kempel-Sarrawack displayed their upcycled creations at the Artist Co-op in Owen Sound.
In 2024, OSWW is working with the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, the City of Owen Sound to present creations from many students from this school. They are using single-use plastic waste to creatively reproduce one of Tom Thomson's famous works, "Northern Lights". Now that's cool!
If you have a local idea or upcycling example you would like OSWW to promote, send us an email to: email@example.com