Upcycling and Consumerism

In the past few months, I have discovered something about myself. I really love crafty magazines. This probably shouldn’t be surprising, but as someone whose only magazine subscription was 2 years of I-didn’t-read-it-at-all scientific american. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to read it, there was just never enough time to read all that text. What there is time for is to look at pretty pictures and choose which text I want to read. Enter craft magazines.

First, I found one that mostly pulled items off of etsy, and while it had some instructions, it was too….well, something. I didn’t enjoy it enough to want to get another one. But then I found GreenCraft Magazine:


This is the second issue I bought, as I liked the first one enough to continue picking them up. There was something quite magical about all the different ways people had found to upcycle everyday materials. And unlike the other magazine, they weren’t just featuring the items without explaining–every item had a “how to” associated with it.

And then I found another upcycling magazine, so I figured I’d better pick that one up too.

This one is different than GreenCraft, it still has tons of cool ideas and tutorials, but it also features some products without instructions (but that is still made of upcycled materials). As well as having a guide to a useful skill related to crafting. I don’t know if this is how all of these magazines are/will be, but hopefully they will, since it is nice to have it be its own magazine instead of a copy of the other one.

In short, I love both of these magazines, and highly recommend them. If I had to pick one, I would probably pick GreenCraft, but only by a little.

These magazines have inspired me to start looking at everyday items a bit differently. For instance, instead of buying organizers for a shelf we have, I’m making them out of cereal boxes and tape. Infinitely cheaper, and still just as functional. (And I can cover it in wrapping paper / magazine pages to make it pretty.)

It’s also helped me take a serious look at my consumerism. It isn’t the only motivator I’ve had to do that, but it has certainly contributed. Why would I buy things when I can make them? And for each thing that I can’t make, but I want to buy, why do I want it? Is it going to be useful in the long run or just a space consumer?

And, really, what better time to be extra conscious of consumerism than Christmas-time? I am finding the commercialism fairly terrifying, this year. It kind of makes me want to hide in a corner. But instead, I’m going to try do do things differently. Other than a few thoughtful, high quality gifts, mostly I will be giving handmade items, or donations to a cause on the person’s behalf. It won’t be quite as “SHINY!” as previous years, but it will be so much more meaningful.¬†Because I have enough, and so do the people I’m giving to (no offense!). But, there are lots of people and animals who don’t.

Who knew a magazine could change my world so much?


One thought on “Upcycling and Consumerism

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