|REcycled glass jars|
reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original: the opportunity to upcycle trash, or turn it into new products, was vast (as adjective upcycled)
Recyclereturn (material) to a previous stage in a cyclic process: the amino acids are recycled in the synthesis of other proteins
So recycling is not transforming an object for use, but REusing it I guess. So, talking of RE using, when I was last up in Northumberland I visited this amazing space - RE - short for re-found objects. Set in an old converted workroom, in an unsassuming but lovely market town in the north-east, it is a veritable treasure trove of household objects - raRE, REmarkable, REstored, REcycled and you can find anything from vintage juicers and cutlery to RElics such as plaster cast Virgin Marys! If you're ever up that way make sure you find time to pay a visit, alternatively you can shop til you drop on-line. Here's a taster of what they have to offer:
|Old map of Tyneside|
My favourite re-used items are the bone-handled fish knives/forks from my grandparents house and an old-fashioned lemon juicer, found at a table sale. What's your best RE-used find?