the ReFab Diaries

Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

SproutingStories: succulent, upcycled book planters.


"Everything deserves a second chance, especially old books." - SproutingStories.


If you follow me on Pinterest, you know I have a board dedicated to upcycled books, which is how I found SproutingStories, my new favorite book upcycler!

Get 20% off your own handmade, succulent book planter. 

Grab the code at the bottom of the post.


An upcycler responds to a refugee crisis: meet Andrea Boyko.



Once in a while, a fellow upcycler sends me a story that blows me away (thank you Feltwerker). This inspiring story starts with a shoemaker who tried to imagine walking miles in no shoes. Not just walking, fleeing. Leaving everything you have and doing it barefoot. Having to make your children do it barefoot.

What’s pearly white and green all over? Tom’s of Maine toothpaste!

Thank you Tom's of Maine for sponsoring this post.


When I committed to trimming my waste in 2016, I happily replaced my plastic toothbrush with one made from bamboo and started making my own deodorant. I did not, however, commit to DIY toothpaste - I’ve had too many issues with my mouth over the years. What I did, instead, was switch to Tom’s of Maine.





Why Tom’s? Because besides being a leading natural products company, they are committed to sustainable practices across the board. The Tom’s of Maine Stewardship Model guides every decision the company makes ensuring that ingredients, processing and packaging meet rigorous standards for being natural, sustainable and responsible. The company has published zero waste goals and all their packaging is recyclable through a partnership with TerraCycle or participating municipalities.

Refashion: Split Shoulder Shirt



It's been a while since I shared a refashion and I'm excited about this one! I bought this shirt because I loved the detail. And while I've worn it often over the years, it's never felt right with long sleeves. The detailed cuffs have also always felt too heavy. So, I decided to turn it into the summer shirt it should always have been, and repurpose the detailed cuffs on the shoulders.

[Infographic] Upcycle old sweaters!

If you're in the northern hemisphere, you're optimistic that spring is around the corner and you're probably wanting to cull old sweaters because (a) they don't fit you and/or (b) you didn't wear them all winter because you hate them.

If you're in the southern hemisphere, you're unpacking them, trying them on and realizing that you (a) hate a few of them and/or (b) can no longer fit into a few of them. Ahem.

But don't throw them out! Fun ideas for upcycling below care of Fix.com. I also have refashioning ideas for you here, here, here and here.


Source: Fix.com Blog