On 7 May 2013, we had a gentleman come in with a rather odd request. He was looking for a piece of scrap aluminum to modify the cooling system on his station wagon. What made it odd was the fact that the car was no longer powered by internal combustion. After hours of intensive labour and engineering, Daniel Talosi converted his ‘80s station wagon into an entirely electric car!
The problem was that Daniel needed an extra support strut to help regulate the temperature of the (former) engine bay. On a mere shot in the dark, Mr. Talosi came into our shop, and huzzah, we had what he needed.
We always talk about going green, and how the environment needs our help, but who has taken that extra step? I tip my hat to you, sir, and we thank you for your business .
In today’s world of “Green is better”, people, companies, and artists are capitalizing on the opportunity. An entirely new lexicon has come into being to keep up with the accelerating demands. “Upcycling” is defined as “The process of converting waste materials or products into new materials or products of better quality or better environmental value.” Upcycling has performed an extraordinary feat; with just a little spark of creativity, one can turn even their most dilapidated objects into refulgent gems.
This has spawned a veritable cornucopia of opportunities for those interested in transfiguring everyday household objects into brilliant works of art. Websites like Tumblr, Pintrest, and Etsy Shop have exploded with content from their members that inspire thousands of people every day.
Thinking about getting into Upcycling? Try painting a theme onto an old six-pack cardboard and converting it into a place setting carrier. Or cutting the paper tubes found in paper towels and toilet paper into short cylinders, paint them, cover the opening with pictures, and use them to create a photo collage. There are a multitude of options at your disposal.
This helpful recycling tip brought to you by our family at EZPC Recycle.
Please allow me to properly introduce myself. My name is Bradley, and I am the newest member of the family here at EZPC Recycle. I am an Orange County native, having grown up in Tustin. Usually this is where someone says, “I like long walks on the beach, and sipping wine by firelight,” but I think I would miss the mark.
I am a huge fan and supporter of upcycling, the method of converting the things that we would normally throw away into works of art and function. Of all the realms of handling recyclable materials, I could not think of a better way to brighten and make the world a better place than upcycling. Where else could you transform an old keyboard into a Victorian-styled, leather bracer that can send and receive messages from your wrist, while your phone is 100 feet away? The Steampunk culture movement has been the driving force behind this explosion of art and metal.
I am always looking for new and exciting ways to make recycling fun. This is going to be the only way that our children’s generation will be able to continue to be better than us. Though our children are our future, it is up to us to plant the seeds that will pave the way to making tomorrow a beautiful place to be.
I thank you for your continued readership, and look forward to sharing new and exciting recycling opportunities with you in the future.