This is the process of turning unwanted items into products of greater value. It differs from recycling, where the final product is of the same or less value than the original item.
The following local organisations offer opportunities/workshops to upcycle various materials:
Alchemy Arts: T: 07853 872 073, W: www.alchemyarts.org
Waste Innovations: T: 0131 661 6615, W: www.wasteinnovations.com
There are upcycled items for sale, and also a 'handmade blog' with lots of upcycling tips, on the Etsy website: