No, we’re not talking about Christmas. Spring is the perfect time to get crafty, both in the craft brewing industry, as well as in our own homes and offices. Spring is the time for clean up and recycling and upcycling has become a huge trend! Upcycling involves taking used items and repurposing them to give them a longer life and a new job. For example, you could take those old craft beer bottles and turn them into yard art! Yep, we’re serious. There are folks out there who are creating bottle trees, bottle turkeys, and a variety of other designs with their old craft beer bottles and we think it’s great!
By choosing to recycle and upcycle items, we’re making a conscious effort to reduce the waste in landfills, which results in cleaner air, cleaner water, and a healthier community overall. Sure, you could throw away that old wrought-iron bed frame, but what purpose would that serve? It would lie in a landfill or end up in a scrap metal yard creating leech water that would eventually make its way into our water tables, which is not something we want for our families.
Instead, turn the bed frame into a piece of yard art. How? Create a “flower bed”. Turn it into the centerpiece for a gorgeous display of flowers, rocks, and even some bushes. Yes, the metal is still going to rust, but the water that runs into the ground won’t make it to the water table and, in turn, to our drinking glasses, because the flowers and shrubs will be taking it in and using those minerals for their own growth.
The same can be done with an old craft beer keg. These can be turned into interesting fountains, small ponds, and more. By simply taking a different view of each item, you can turn them into useful objects or even just decorative ones that you may not have thought about before. This can also turn into money in your pocket, as there are plenty of people interested in upcycled artwork like this. Sounds even better, right?
We all know that our resources are not infinite. A polluted water table is dangerous and potentially expensive considering the cost to build a state-of-the-art water treatment facility to purify such water. We need our resources to survive or our own health and well-being can and will be affected over time. This means that our future generations will suffer even more, as they will be tasked with the job of fixing our mistakes, which is not something any of us want.
Even if you’re not into the idea of upcycling items yourself, consider having a “Pick-n-Pack” sale and sell those items to someone else who IS interested in that type of craft. We’ve all heard the phrase “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and that concept is very true. If nothing else, make sure to recycle the metal, plastic, and glass you find so it does not end up becoming a leaching landfill nightmare, as again, our ground water is important and we need to protect it for our future generations.
If you have other ideas you’ve tried or plan to try, for upcycling items, recycling, and turning toward a greener and cleaner way of living, let us know in the comments! We love to hear from our readers and your comment just might spark our next feature post! In the meantime, happy crafting from all of us here at West Palm Beach Brewery and Wine Vault in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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