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4 Ways to Upcycle an Old Door

Below is a guest post by Gregg Titon, a marketing assistant at Oakwood Doors. With years of experience working in the home improvement industry, he is passionate about new trends and styles and working them into home decor.

You may have heard the word “upcycle” being used fairly regularly at the moment, but it was actually coined in 1994 by Reiner Pilz who stated, “What we need is upcycling where old products are given more value not less.”

how to recycle a doorUpcycling is very similar to recycling, in that it limits waste and therefore helps to minimize any impact rubbish could have on the environment. The main difference between the two is that upcycling involves giving something a new use.

Furniture is fantastic for upcycling as there are many different styles that look great in your home. One of the easiest items to upcycle is a door, as they can be used to make so many different things. Photo: marc falardeau

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Reclaimed Wood: The Reclaiming Process, Benefits & More

Below is a guest post by Joe Mitchoff, co-founder of Viridian Reclaimed Wood. Viridian provides eco-friendly, unique and affordable reclaimed wood flooring, veneer, paneling, tables and counters to cities across the nation. The Viridian team is committed to finding the best use for every stick of wood we reclaim to reduce demand for new lumber.

Reclaimed wood flooring and cabinets

Of all the materials that you can reuse, wood isn’t always at the top of list. After all, it doesn’t have a number within a triangular recycle symbol on it. The truth is that landfills are full of wood products that are perfectly usable. By salvaging the wood before it goes to the dump, you get a new product (like reclaimed wood flooring), reduce deforestation and help the environment.

What is Reclaimed Wood?

Reclaimed wood is perfectly good lumber that is salvaged instead of sent to a landfill. For example, when you obtain a wooden shipping pallet that a warehouse was going to throw away and reuse it for another purpose, you reclaim the wood. On the DIY level, you may use reclaimed wood for crafts and home projects. Professional lumber salvagers turn the lumber that they save from the landfill to make items like reclaimed wood paneling or hardwood floors.

The Wood Reclamation Process

The reclaiming process begins with finding a source of lumber. Such sources can include old barns, wine casks, water towers, boats, shipping crates, gym bleachers, the decks in shipping containers, buildings destroyed in natural disasters, gym bleachers and so on.

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Driftwood Projects: Rustic Decor for Your Home & More

If you’re lucky enough to live close to a shore or beach of a sea, lake, or river, you’ve probably seen or collected driftwood. Driftwood is wood that has been washed ashore thanks to wind, tides or waves, and it makes a perfect material to salvage and use for tons of projects around the house. Along the coastline, driftwood may provide shelter for birds and fish, but for your home it will provide comfort and rustic decor.

It’s common to see driftwood in the scenery of fish and reptile tanks, and the natural, gnarled forms of this marine debris also make for fascinating art and sculpture pieces as well as decorative furniture.

A driftwood fence like the one featured below helps block out unsightly elements in your yard such as an above ground septic tank, or may be used generally to add some privacy.

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A fence made from salvaged driftwood could be a great idea for your yard.

A nice overview of how to design your driftwood fence is found here. The term “salvaged” is often used in the context of deconstruction projects like when materials are recovered from buildings are reused in a new project. Most types of wood are easily salvaged into things like flooring, doors, or cabinetry, and driftwood is no exception.

Any time you’re able to salvage materials, you’re practicing the first R for reducing consumption and the need for new resources.

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A driftwood sculpture adds to your garden.

Driftwood Sculptures

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Driftwood horse sculpture at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Michigan.

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Phil Manker works with found objects from the natural world to create unique works.

TIP: It’s possible to burn designs into driftwood using nothing but the sun, a magnifying glass, and your imagination. Etch your name or your loved one’s name into a piece of driftwood to keep or giveaway.

Driftwood in Your Home

Driftwood can also be decorative and super functional, like these driftwood coat hooks painted in fun colors.recycled driftwood coat hooks

Another simple way to bring driftwood indoors is to use it as a planter or add it to a decorative terrarium. Driftwood makes a great base for air plants, which are very low maintenance plants that do not require soil to thrive.

Recycled driftwood planter terrarium

For a gorgeous centerpiece on your table, view these stunning driftwood candelabras available online.

Now that you’ve seen some great driftwood projects, be sure to use them for inspiration for your own. If you’re visiting a coastline for a camping trip or otherwise, these ideas are a great way to use your driftwood souvenir. Bring a reusable bag down to the shore and start collecting!

Photos: bangli 1, fireflythegreat, Phil Manker, Vicburton
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The Flat-Out Truth About Recycled Countertops

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Recycled countertops ensure that materials collected in recycling programs will be used again for new products.

Recycled countertops come in many shapes and sizes, and are made from a variety materials. The majority of recycled countertops are made from glass and granite, but you can also find some made from aluminum, and even paper. These eco-friendly products measure up in terms of durability as well as scratch and heat resistance, plus look great in your kitchen or bathroom. For your next remodeling project, consider these countertops made from recycled materials and how they could fit into your space. Photo credit: georgiapeachez

Glass Countertops

When glass is sent to a recycling plant, 90% of the recycled material will be used to make new containers, but some will also used in kitchen tiles, wall insulation and beautiful countertops. Recycled glass countertops have the advantage of being resistant to stains, heat and abrasions. Countertops like these have been known to last several decades, and do not require the use of chemical sealants following installation.

Just as with a good quality, eco-friendly paint, there is very little emission of volatile organic compounds (known as VOCs) in the installation process of recycled glass countertops. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. For comprehensive listings of where to find recycled glass countertops, see EcoBusinessLinks.

Aluminum Countertops

Recycled aluminum countertops are softer than stainless steel countertops, but have the same smooth, modern style.

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5 Ways to Recycle Baseball Bats

Recycling in Full Swing

That “crack of the bat” sound brings back memories of our national pastime, but it seems any Major League Baseball game involves at least one broken bat. Most baseball bats are made out of wood, more specifically white ash and maple. Both of these types of lumber provide a lightness and durability that is easily reused.

Almost any material can be reclaimed, reused, or upcycled if you put a little thought into it. Step up to the plate for a fun collection of products and gifts made from recycled baseball bats, a tribute to creativity and resourcefulness.

Baseball Stadium Penrecycle baseball bats

While not made from the bats themselves, these pens are made from salvaged seats removed during remodeling and demolition of historic ballparks. Each one is a historic collector item.

Baseball Bat Bottle Opener

Handmade from authentic game-day bats swung by Major League players. These bottle openers even come with a story card with instructions to find out exactly in which game the bat was used.

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Recycled Baseball Bat Rocking Chair

Handmade by artist Mike Bellino in Massachusetts, these sturdy rockers are feature reclaimed baseball bats. He also makes really cool chairs made from old skis. Both chairs offer great alternatives to plastic patio furniture.recycled rocking chair made from baseball bats

Bonus: Check out these cufflinks made from old stadium seats:
recycled baseball stadium cufflinks

Baseball Bat Art

Take a look at this blog for an engaging selection of art with baseball bats.

For another unique gift, handmade in the USA, check out the baseball rose.

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Be an all-star recycler: If baseball isn’t your sport, check out our articles on recycling other Sports Equipment, from broken hockey sticks and skateboard decks to skis and tennis and golf balls. Any other ways to recycle you can think of, right off the bat?

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