To become a zero waste community is a goal that is both pragmatic and visionary to emulate sustainable and natural cycles where discarded materials are resources for others to use. It’s a philosophy or a strategy of eliminating waste from the equation, not only managing it.
Recycling is nothing new, especially in Malaysia where we are now responsible for separating our waste according to the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007, you’re required to separate your household waste or be possibly hit with a compound fine. To recycle is to repurpose consumer goods like plastic, paper, metal and glass – break them down back to its base material in order to repurpose, often for a lesser quality of use.
This is where upcycling comes into the picture. Instead of breaking down materials back to its base materials, we can refashion the goods. Usually the result still equivalents the quality of the original product, if not better.
We’ve compiled a few upcycling DIY ideas below that you will be able to try out for yourselves with items in your home you would end up placing in the bin.