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  1. The Dirt on Safe Spring Cleaning

    It's that time again: time for the yearly ritual of packing away the sweaters and coats, opening the windows to let in the fresh warming air, and literally shaking out the dust of a winter spent indoors. It's time to spring clean. Dread it or not, now is a great time to tidy up, freshen up, and get your home...
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  2. The Mother Of All Rummage Sales

    Happy May, fellow upcyclers and all-around earth lovers! Here at Hipcycle, we are blissfully welcoming full-fledged spring weather complete with warm temperatures, sunshine, flowers in bloom, and... rummage sales! In fact, Renee, our Chief Hipcycler, has been busy like a bee these past few weeks volunteering to help prep the biannual Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills Rummage Sale. The...
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  3. An Interview with Theresa from Unite Two Design

    An Interview with Theresa from Unite Two Design
    By Evan Hopkins Recently, I had the pleasure of talking with Theresa Daddona-Traub about her company Unite Two Design and their fantastic farm-centric upcycled products, which they have dubbed “Farmpunk.” How did you get into upcycling? Keith and I are both from the Lehigh Valley, and in Bethlehem, PA, there is a store called Home &...
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  4. Tokyo reusing old materials in new ways

    Tokyo reusing old materials in new ways
    Fujitsu Limited of Tokyo is now reusing old materials in new ways. Fujitsu employs five recycling centers and collects, breaks down, and sorts PCs and other computer related products. You would think that recovered plastic from personal computers would be easily reused, however the properties of different plastics don't always jive. The solution, use more uniform plastics from their recycling...
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  5. An Upcycled Decor with Pallets

    An Upcycled Decor with Pallets
    [caption id="attachment_16713" align="alignleft" width="233" caption="A Pallet Swing is just one way to upcycle old pallets."][/caption] I recently took a trip to a friend's house. Before I had arrived he mentioned something about "getting in touch with his creative side." He had just moved in and started settling in to the new townhouse and was still in the need of living...
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  6. Hipcycle Interview with Concreteware by Culinarium Designer, Jordan Castro

    Hipcycle Interview with Concreteware by Culinarium Designer, Jordan Castro
    This week, we spoke with Jordan Castro, designer of our concreteware products. How did you get into Upcycling? I used to own a concrete casting business that primarily worked with architectural objects and countertops. When the economy took a hit, I had to close my business. I ended up landing on my feet at a company that fabricated...
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  7. Approaching Zero: waste management and the move to "zero waste"

    Approaching Zero: waste management and the move to "zero waste"
    Creative waste management is one of the foundations of modern, green living. We've written about recycling, reducing, reusing and - of course - upcycling before. But what if you're ready to go further with your waste management? Have you considered going "zero waste"? There are experts now who specialize in helping institutions and organizations go zero waste, meaning they produce zero (or...
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  8. Upcycling DIY Quick Ideas

    Upcycling DIY Quick Ideas
    The best part about upcycling is that it helps clear out the old and brings in the new.  Here are some quick do-it-yourself ideas to help usher in 2013. Damaged books?  For some folks, there's nothing so sad as a damaged book, and they'll do anything to save it.  But sometimes the damage is just too much to repair.  Fortunately...
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  9. Green Shopping: Find The Perfect Products For an Eco-friendly New Years Party

    Green Shopping: Find The Perfect Products For an Eco-friendly New Years Party
    With New Years quickly approaching, many people are probably preparing to host a party; that means buying snacks, preparing dips, and most of all, setting up the trash bins that will hold the disposable cups and even bottles that people will inevitably throw away. New Years Eve and New Years itself can both potentially be extremely wasteful days, and throwing...
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  10. Creative Decorating: Reusing Old Materials in New Ways

    Creative Decorating: Reusing Old Materials in New Ways
    Your home is one of the best expressions of yourself. Not only can it reflect your style, but also the beliefs and values that drive you. By reusing old materials in new ways you can create a space that is not only eco-responsible, but is also uniquely you. Through upcycling, you can reduce waste and care for our planet in style. The...
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