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Re-use and re-vamp, don’t re-buy.

The concept of upcycling has slowly grown from an 'alternative trend', to a full blown movement in its own right. This is not only great from an environmental point of view (we have created 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic since the 1950's), but it also helps you save your pennies.

Here are a few great upcycling sites to give you inspiration on how to re-use and re-purpose things you have lying around the house, instead of paying for something new.

1. The Freecycle Network

If you haven’t already heard about it, then take a look at this great site. It’s a huge online community that give away their used or unwanted items. Items range from bed frames and sofas, to dishware and books. Anything you can think of there are people willing to give them away to a new home for free. If you are trying to furnish a new home then this is a great site to check out.

2. Pinterest

It's now practically obligatory to have an unhealthy obsession with Pinterest. You can’t see any pinterest boards unless you have an account (accounts are free), so we’d really recommend getting one and seeing what it’s about. Every possible upcycling idea you could imagine is photographed and displayed on this website. It’s incredible.

It’s a great place to find inspiration and ideas from a like-minded community.

3. Upcycle that

This site is pretty much the holy grail of upcycling. It lists everything you could ever possibly think of and how you can use it, make it, or re-purpose it. It’s a gold mine for ideas and it easily categorises everything so you can find inspiration for the exact thing you’re looking for.

4. Brit & Co.

Website Brit & Co. have listed a whole host of great easy-to-do upcycle hacks that we recommend you take a peek at. There are loads of ways the reuse materials and items that you thought were defunct. It really is a great way to save those extra pennies and make things stretch that little bit farther.

And all that money you save from being super creative? Put it safely away in your Oval wallet.