I am sure most of us have perfume or skin-care containers that even though are empty, we don’t want to throw away because they are too pretty. We spend lots of money on luxury products that are beautifully packaged, and we feel guilty throwing them away in the recycling bin once we’ve emptied them out, so we keep them in a drawer – or in my case, in my night desk – for years and years but we never use them again.
I present to you the new term in town…which I want to make the trendiest verb of the year : upcycling
The art of reusing -discarded objects or materials- in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.
Here are 5 tips to upcycle your old containers:
1. Adopt some baby plants
It is now the perfect season to bring home some new babies! You can buy some baby greens or succulents at your local market along with some small pebbles to put at the bottom of the container in order to drain the water from the soil.
2. Travelling container for meds or jewelry
Bring your pills or vitamins wherever in a super cute and practical container. It can be plastic or glass and they will take almost no space in your bag.
3. Keep your bathroom cabinets organized
Organized your toiletries: cotton balls or pads, bobby pins, elastics, etc.
4. Store vegetables or seeds
Some brands have implemented new ways of protecting their products without the use of boxes nor carton. For example, The Hair Routine uses cotton bags to send their Balancing Hair Bundle. You can reuse this bag to shop vegetables or seeds at the market.
Use: cotton bags or other cosmetic bags.
5. Decorate your home
Make sure to clean perfectly the bottles of perfume or oil. Buy very thin candle sticks or try with dry stems such as cotton stems or pampas grass and use them to decorate your home or office.
Use: perfume bottles or body oil bottles for this.