GREEN TEAM : Recycled Crates

 Upcycling is a term used to describe the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value. The following are some great examples of  the creative and imaginative ways this can be done using old wood, metal & even plastic crates that would have wound up being downcycled which is the other half of the recycling process . Downcycling  involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality. Most recycling involves converting or extracting useful materials from a product and creating a different product or material which is still in my opinion a good approach. On the other hand, if you can take an  existing object and create something beautiful and functional  without changing what it is but rather incorporating it into the new design, even better.

Crate shelving

 Via www.designsquish.com

Stacked vintage old wooden apple storage crates

Via www.kristybishop.com

Shipping crate as bike basket

Via www.designsquish.com

Hanging wall shelves

Via www.designsquish.com

Reclaimed crates as shelving

Via www.cocoprogetto.wordpress.com

Reclaimed wood stools by Edwards Moore. Made from discarded wood from various sources. Sanded and finished with linseed oil, putty and wax.

Dog bowl holder

Via www.theviolethours.typepad.com

Via www.bedifferentactnormal.com

Via www.theviolethours.typepad.com

Crate furniture

Via www.design-tale.blogspot.com