I know I have mentioned upcycling in one of my blogs before. However, I really feel strongly about this as I know it is quite easy to do and equally important to upcycle and make for an eco-friendlier world.
According to the ever-reliable Wikipedia, upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental use. The first recorded use of the term is particularly new, only being coined back in the year 1994. However, the method had been around as early as the 1930s. It is stated that upcycling revolves around the concept of "recycling", but whereas recycling oftentimes gives products new use by breaking them down, it doesn't necessarily give them more worth. In fact, it almost always give it the contrary, which is less. That is why upcycling was born, where the worth of old products go "up" through the aid of this process, and not down.
With the background already shed on the subject, it is then without a doubt wise to try, attempt, and practice upcycling. With just a few moments of our time and some of our resources, something that is seemingly of no good use anymore may be converted to something that is perhaps even better than what it originally was. We can actually upcycle everything! All we need would be our ingenuity and downright creativity!
Here are a few upcyling ideas borrowed from a website called Twisted Sifter, which we can do with materials that may already be in the safety of our very own homes:
Aside from adding freshness and beauty to our indoor space, houseplants have a lot more to offer. However, we have to make sure that the houseplants we choose are indeed the right fit for our homes so we could get that "greener and fresher" feeling.
Some common houseplants that are proven to be Australia’s popular choices:
Areca Palm Tree (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
This plant flourishes regardless of what soil you place it in, assuming that the soil's well-drained. Preferring partial exposure to sunlight, it is known generally as an air purifier, and needs little maintenance. Watch out for spider-mites though!
Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)
A native to the Asian country of China, this houseplant has become a popular choice among Australian people. Thanks to its ability to adapt to the varying climate and types of soil, this indoor plant is long lasting. Like the Areca palm tree, this plant prefers indirect sunlight, and too much exposure may bleach its foliage.
Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
The Bamboo Palm holds the distinction of being one of the very few plants to withstand even below zero temperatures. Known to bloom yellow flowers from time to time, this plant is said to not only act as a natural humidifier but also as an agent that helps remove formaldehyde, an organic compound associated with cancer. Avoid overwatering this plant as well as exposing it to too much sunlight.
Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata "Bostoniensis")
Known worldwide, this plant has air-purifying abilities that people look for. Holding the distinction as one of the best among air-purifying houseplants, the Boston Fern, like the Bamboo Palm, acts as an agent that removes formaldehyde from the air but also removes heavy metals from the soil as an added bonus. Although it likes bright and damp soil, it is still tolerant of drought and partial exposure to sunlight.
Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
Although considered to be an outdoor plant in Southeast Asia, the Rubber Plant is utilized as an indoor plant in Australia. Known as a biological air purifying unit, it removes toxins from the air by emitting high oxygen content, with increasing efficiency over time. As it prospers in a variety of environments, it easily grows and is very easy to maintain. Beware, sources contradict each other as to whether or not this plant contains poisonous parts or not.
Other popular houseplants include:
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)
Like the other popular houseplants, the Chinese evergreen emits high oxygen content to purify the air. It does well with full shade and good draining. Proceed with caution, as the sap of this plant is poisonous.
Corn Cane (Dracaena massangeana)
It is best known for removing formaldehyde and as an air purifying unit. Unlike the other plants, it does well with low light or low water.
Dwarf/Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
It removes formaldehyde and xylene, a chemical found in plastics and solvents. For this plant, sunlight, moist soil, and warm water is needed.
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
It removes benzene, a known carcinogen found in cigarette smoke, detergents, pesticides, and other synthetic materials. It is also excellent in fighting asthma and allergies. The English Ivy makes a great potted plant.
Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)
It removes volatile organic compounds and formaldehyde. It thrives in high humidity and light.
With these countless health benefits and making us happy, houseplants enhance our quality of life through the body and mind.
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