These days, upcycling is a big trend and for good reason. People are becoming more aware of the ways that our lifestyle causes damage to the planet. The National Geographic Society estimates there are 5.25 trillion tons of plastic waste in the ocean. Of that, 269,000 tons are floating on the surface, endangering sea life and entangling boats. But even more amazingly, plastic trash has made its way to the deep sea, drifting down to where humans themselves haven’t been able to travel.
With all that in mind, people are now aware of what they consume and, even more importantly, how they manage to reuse wasteful materials.
There’s something else that goes into the DIY and upcycling trend: things are expensive! With more millennials living paycheck to paycheck than previous generations, it’s no wonder that they’re looking for ways to save a dime while also keeping the planet safe.
If you’re still feeling skeptical, have a few more statistics: the EPA and the Rubber Manufacturers Association estimate that 290 million tires are disposed of every year in the United States. But there’s some good news: of these, more than 80 percent are reused in some way. Here are 50 ways that you can do your part.