the ReFab Diaries

When you recycle, you are doing your part to help conserve the world's resources. Another way to help: buy recycled (or upcycled) products and help create demand. They are often cheaper than their non-recycled counterparts, and they can be just as good or better in quality. So if you're looking for a way to do your part for the environment and save some money, buying recycled products is a great option. 

Here's your weekly round-up of interesting upcycling news from across the globe.


Fast fashion has a negative impact on the environment and is a major contributor to pollution. Thrift shopping is a sustainable alternative that helps to balance some of the many issues with fast fashion. Below, I’ve listed a few ways shopping at thrift stores helps the environment.

How Shopping at Thrift Stores Helps the Environment

Water is an important natural resource but boy, do we waste it. The primary reason is that for many of us, there is an abundance of it. However, if you've ever lived through a drought (and the water restrictions that go with it) you know what it means to curb water waste. It is also worth noting that wasting water doesn't help your water bills. Energy bills are already soaring, so the last thing you need is to be paying a costly water bill. Recycling water is one way to curb your usage. Here’s how you can do that:

It’s no secret that upcycling furniture can be extremely rewarding. But over the years, I’ve found that you want to avoid diving into projects headfirst without a plan. Without thoughtful planning, you’ll likely waste precious time, money, and resources, which is the last thing you want to do with a time-consuming project. To help guide you along that planning process, here’s what you should consider when choosing upholstery fabric for your next project.

What To Consider When Choosing Upholstery Fabric

Here's the upcycling news round up for this week.

Not long ago, tiny houses—though adorable—didn’t seem realistic. What’s driving people to purchase these small homes now? Some people love living the minimalistic and nomadic lifestyle that tiny homes have made obtainable. To learn more about why people are choosing to live the tiny-home life, continue reading.

Why People Are Choosing To Live the Tiny Home Life

Welcome to a new feature! As long as there's good upcycling news to share, I'll gather it into a weekly roundup going forward.