Upcycle: There is No Planet B


“The earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.”

Ernest Hemingway

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We agree with Hemmingway; this planet is precious and our only home. Both recycling and upcycling are important ways to reduce our carbon footprint. At ED Practical Art we recycle whenever possible, but our art is 100% Upcycled!

The concept of upcycling has become “all the rage” recently and anyone can participate. The idea is to transform old objects or materials into new useful items instead of adding to the already burgeoning landfills.

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To compare: recycling is the process of breaking down consumer waste, usually paper, metal or glass and turning it into a reusable product. Recycling takes quite a bit of external energy through the steps of collection and processing. After collected, recyclables need to be broken down, melted or liquefied into their basic elements before they can be made into new materials.

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In contrast, you can often upcycle with not much more than a creative thought. Upcycling is saving an unwanted item from the trash heap and turning it into a quality, wanted item.

At ED Practical Art, every single piece is made from wood that won’t end up in a landfill. When physical energy is expended in the upcycle process, as in Eric taking apart a pallet for a project, a healthy flow of mental creativity follows. What’s not to like about creating something new and making an ecological contribution at the same time?

Our planet has a ton of people on it and we produce a lot of trash. We’ve become addicted to mass manufacturing and complacent when things break quickly. Don’t even get us started about excess packaging. The environmental impact is greater than reducing landfill volume however: upcycling also reduces the demand for new or raw materials in production. This leads to a reduction in air pollution, water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions… all ways to conserve shrinking global resources!

The benefits of upcycling for the artist, the consumer and the planet are profound.

A shift back to artisanal craftsmanship, after decades of mass production, is energy moving in the right direction. Upcycled products celebrate a combination of creativity and caring, benefiting both the environment and society.

Eric Dean, the artist of ED Practical Art, is definitely a member of the Upcycle Revolution. His pieces… from bar carts and coffee tables to Lake Tahoe nature-inspired wall hangings, it all begins with a heartfelt intent to be a part of the solution. Won’t you join us in creating a more sustainable future? By making a purchase at, you can support a local business, have a positive effect on climate change and help save our home.

There is no Planet B!