Recycling Ideas

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I love Australia, our lifestyle, work ethics and spirit of entrepreneurship and adventure. BUT, we are a shockingly wasteful society. If you've had the fortune to travel through third world countries, you would have seen that everything possible is reused, re-purposed or recycled. We'll start this album - and add to it, but why don't YOU send us your ideas and images so that we can add them too?

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Do you need a good looking, plush bath mat for your bathroom? Why buy from the store when you can make your own rug using old towels!

DIY Bath Mat From Old Towels

Do you need a good looking, plush bath mat for your bathroom? Why buy from the store when you can make your own rug using old towels!

Repurpose! These timber spools end up as landfill. Give one a new life by turning it into a great looking mosaic table!

DIY Repurposed Reel Mosaic Table

Repurpose! These timber spools end up as landfill. Give one a new life by turning it into a great looking mosaic table!

Don't throw those burned out light bulbs yet! Give them new life by turning them into simple, yet elegant vases.

Make a Light Bulb Vase

Don't throw those burned out light bulbs yet! Give them new life by turning them into simple, yet elegant vases.

Now we think this is just the COOLEST cooler project ever. Why? Because an old fridge cooler offers a lot more features than all the other coolers out there! Know more about it and learn how to build one yourself now :)

How to Turn an Old Fridge into an Awesome Rustic Cooler

Now we think this is just the COOLEST cooler project ever. Why? Because an old fridge cooler offers a lot more features than all the other coolers out there! Know more about it and learn how to build one yourself now :)

Got an unused cable spool? Why not turn it into a rocking chair!

Turn a Cable Spool into a Rocking Chair

Got an unused cable spool? Why not turn it into a rocking chair!

This greenhouse project is one of the most inexpensive builds we’ve come across!

How to Build a Greenhouse From Old Windows

This greenhouse project is one of the most inexpensive builds we’ve come across!

Got some old tires? Here’s a great way to help yourself and the environment… recycle them by turning them into an ottoman or a table.

DIY Tire Table and Ottoman

Got some old tires? Here’s a great way to help yourself and the environment… recycle them by turning them into an ottoman or a table.

If you're looking for a cheap bulletin board, then this upcycled door is for you.

Make a Chalkboard Sign Using Old Cabinet Doors

If you're looking for a cheap bulletin board, then this upcycled door is for you.

Soda pop tabs! We usually see them as rubbish yet they can be upcycled into some really cool projects... like this unique lamp shade!

Soda Pop Tab Lamp Shade

Soda pop tabs! We usually see them as rubbish yet they can be upcycled into some really cool projects... like this unique lamp shade!

Give your yard rich organic waste with this easy guide to making natural compost.

How everyone, everywhere, can compost – yes, even you!

Give your yard rich organic waste with this easy guide to making natural compost.

Prepare a greener future for the next generations by upcycling with compost making.

The Wonderful and Wondrous World Compost

Prepare a greener future for the next generations by upcycling with compost making.

Produce richer compost and spend less time at the gardening store with this homemade shifter.

DIY Compost Sifter

Produce richer compost and spend less time at the gardening store with this homemade shifter.

When recycling meets gardening...

DIY Barrel Planter

When recycling meets gardening...

Here's a great idea for a kitchen island that will cost you next to nothing!

How to Turn an Ugly Dresser into a Rustic Kitchen Island Cart

Here's a great idea for a kitchen island that will cost you next to nothing!

This compost heating system is a great idea if you want hot water to use during the winter or if you need to heat your greenhouse or home!

How to build a compost heating system

This compost heating system is a great idea if you want hot water to use during the winter or if you need to heat your greenhouse or home!

Got a broken dresser? Maybe you've seen a set of drawers discarded on the street. Those drawers can serve as beautiful planters in your porch!

Turn Old Drawers into Porch Planters

Got a broken dresser? Maybe you've seen a set of drawers discarded on the street. Those drawers can serve as beautiful planters in your porch!