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Mending and upcycling

Mending and upcycling is a way for us to creatively repair, reuse or give a new lease of life to items that would otherwise have been disposed of and either gone to landfill or been commercially recycled.

More often than not, recycling unfortunately means items are processed into products of lower quality; such as glass being used for aggregate in roads or plastics being recycled into lower grade plastic items. One Green Planet outlines seven reasons why reusing and repurposing is better than recycling.

Get the skills for mending and upcycling

If our grandparents knew you could extend the life of most things, there is no reason we shouldn’t expect to achieve the same.

Greener and Cleaner runs many workshops full of skills and ideas as well as regular mending clinics at The Hub. Check out what’s on now.

Cardboard box with scissors, glue, string, hammer, paint brush and knitting inside

Events in The Hub

The Benefits of Upcycling are many fold and include

By reusing, mending or upcycling to produce something completely different but useful we are preventing the purchase and manufacture of unnecessary items.

We reduce the need for the raw materials, water and energy that would have gone into creating the product, thereby reducing the emissions from producing the item, getting it to the shop shelves, and to your home.

Mending and upcycling can be highly creative regardless of what level your artistic or craft skills are at. Mending or upcycling something stimulates the imagination and allows you to express yourself in different ways. It promotes creative thinking and encourages investigating various craft disciplines.

Learn new skills to achieve the outcomes that you want which will benefit you in other projects you undertake. You will also achieve a sense of accomplishment and pride in your work.

When you mend and upcycle you spend more time respecting the work and effort that went into creating the item in the first place. It encourages us to place more value on what we already have.

Establish new community connections with people who take pride in crafting items that are creatively unique.

When you give a second life to something by mending, buying or upcycling items you have the benefit of knowing that you are taking steps to promote healthier and more positive surroundings. It goes some way to help reduce the pressure of environmental stress.

When we buy upcycled products we are usually supporting local small businesses, metal workers, craft studios, wood workers etc who often sell at local farmers’ markets, town markets or craft fairs.  We reduce reliance on globally mass-produced inferior products and fast fashion.  We are enabling many artisans to support themselves and contribute to the continuation of many heritage crafts.


Men in Sheds are a fantastic global movement and are ace at fixing items and upcycling. Get in touch with your local group for more information.

This is a great upcycle recycle and reuse site, with clear instructions. In particular, her denim projects cleverly use every last scrap of denim jeans.

This is an amazing resource of upcyling, recycling and reuse. It Is very organised with menus for all types of projects. Absolutely love their Pallet recycle projects

Specialises in the use of salvaged materials and using power tools. I think she is amazing and hope to do one of her workshops one day. She has some free online tutorials and some paid for online tutorials but the content on the site is also inspirational

Aimed at Kids, it is specifically an upcycling/recycling site but most of the projects do reuse items that would go in the recycling or are nature based so a good fit for our site

Good information on upcycling, remodelling garments with online tutorials

7 different methods for making rag rugs and using up fabrics that may otherwise end up in landfill