Furniture waste (f-waste) fills American landfills. In fact, furniture is often discarded when it’s shabby but still has plenty of use left in it. The option to re-finish it instead of trashing it is often overlooked.
My friends at The Farthing have shared an infographic that demonstrates the gravity of how much furniture is discarded. In addition, they share some great data on what nations top the list in recycling their f-waste. It’s interesting information.
Subscribers to DIY Home & Garden are no strangers to the idea of refinishing furniture and upcycling. In fact, many of you have tried ideas that you’ve read here and emailed me photos of your wonderful projects! In fact, some of you have sent me inspirational new ideas that I can’t wait to try out myself!
I’m a huge fan of upcycling, restoring, and recycling! Over the two years that I’ve been blogging, you’ve seen posts on how to upcycle a ladder into two wonderfully useful items: a trellis and a towel rack. I’ve re-painted an old, discarded bicycle into a planter. Plus, I’ve hauled an old kitchen cart home from the scrap metal pile from the local dump and restored it–by the way that cart serves as my printer stand in my office to this day.
The infographic also demonstrates another concept we’ve talked about before: the differences between recycling and upcycling. While the two are related–and most definitely Earth-friendly–there are distinctions between the two that cannot be overlooked.
I really enjoyed this infographic. It made me think about some favorite projects that I’ve completed to share on DIY Home & Garden over the past two years. I’ve enjoyed all of these projects. Some I’ve completed for my own use and some I’ve given away. But I’ve really enjoyed the time that I spent doing every one of them!
I’m looking forward to getting back into my workshop soon to start another summertime of fun furniture recycling projects.
Infographic provided courtesy of The Farthing.