“Upcycling is important year round because our natural resources are limited and global warming is absolutely real.” – Matthew Loftice, Recycled Brooklyn
Want to try your hand at upcycling with some easy DIY? Brothers Matthew and Steven of the Brooklyn-based furniture design and home goods company Recycled Brooklyn have an easy six-step planter guide. Dig out a wooden ladder from your garage or source one from your local flea market or yard sale to build a planter and add extra greenery to your home.
For the planter’s boxes, Recycled Brooklyn prefers reclaimed cedar wood. “Cedar is best because it stands up to the elements and it's waterproof,” Matthew says. “That's why they make all the New York City water towers out of cedar.” You can find reclaimed cedar at a lumber mill or salvage yard. Many lumber mills also sell it online. Alternatively, you can also use a deconstructed wood pallet.
Hole-punched thin metal straps
Wooden ladder from a yard sale or flea market
Drill and driver
1/8" drill bit
Table saw (if needed, try to get wood cut at the store)