This week on Ours to Protect we looked at the upcycling of clothes and furniture by attending a repair café that was held in Maddens Coffee Shop in Tralee.

Upcycling is defined as reusing discarded objects or material in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.

Upcycling minimizes the amount of waste being sent to landfills, this is beneficial for the environment as it expands the lifespan of materials, reducing the need for raw materials 

Upcycling is even more environmentally friendly than recycling, as it can use materials that cannot be recycled. 

Learning skills like this has never been easier in the age of the internet, there are a number of tutorial videos out there, but remember learning to sew is easier if you picture you are beside the instructor instead of facing them. 

Upcycling is good for the environment, fun, and can help save a bit of money! 


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