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*This is a guest article*

Upcycling has fast become one of the UK’s top trends this year.

It comes as no surprise. With world leaders recently assembling for the COP26 summit aimed at accelerating action to combat climate change, sustainability is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

With more of us are thinking twice before simply discarding old items from around our homes, we took the time to explore exactly what upcycling involves and what the many benefits of this pastime are.

What is upcycling?

Upcycling is the process of taking old or second-hand furniture and repurposing it to give it a new lease of life.

It is a highly sustainable hobby because it prevents unwanted furniture from simply being tossed into landfill once owners decide to replace items around their homes. Instead, upcycling is a great way to upgrade pieces of furniture that are still in great condition or reuse the materials in other ways.

A recent study by a UK finance provider found there are around two million Google searches for ‘upcycling’ by Brits each year, with searches rising by a whopping 60% in the past 12 months alone.

What are some of the benefits?

The main obvious benefit is that upcycling is aiding the global goal to create a more environmentally friendly world around us. It does this by preventing masses of furniture from being discarded and further materials from being harvested to satisfy the demand for new items.

Updating furniture can also be a great creative outlet for anyone who’s looking to take up a hobby outside of their 9-5 job. It’s the perfect productive activity to keep your hands busy and your mind active.

Can you make money upcycling?

Absolutely! There are lots of people who have started independent furniture and craft businesses. This is a fantastic way to combine your creativity with making a second income – and there’s no better time than the lead up to Christmas to have a few extra pounds in your bank account!

If you’re looking to set up your own upcycling business, Etsy is a popular choice for many online stores. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll need to invest in stock and relevant equipment to get started.

According to recent research, the most popular item to upcycle is a cupboard, which could bag you a profit of up to £347 from the right buyer. This was closely followed by an upcycled table, with profit potentially reaching £268 – not bad for a bit of extra pocket money ahead of the festive season!

Thank you for reading.

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