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A photo I took of Snowmageddon 2010 in Philly at 3:30 am today

If you are on the east and experiencing what we in Philadelphia are calling, Snowmageddon, then this post should be right up your alley! We all know that curling up with a cup of hot chocolate and your computer on your lap surfing blogs is the best way to stay sane during a storm of this magnitude; but if you’re like me, you’ve got to get up just about every hour to stretch your legs and “check” on the weather.

Last night, when the storm came in for its first wave of destruction, I was checking when I saw the most terrifying group of 3-4 foot long icicles framing my door. I quickly shut the door and tried to forget about them, but I couldn’t and I knew in order to have a satisfactory slumber that evening, I would either have to knock them all down with a broom, or stop being a baby about it. I figured keeping myself busy with housework would help me to chill out.

Monster icicles that framed my back door last night, SCARIFYING!

I’m a plant lover, and by plant lover, I mean I have over 20 plants ranging in all different sizes and types all over my teeny little 1 bedroom apartment. I noticed that the heat had been blasting all day and decided to undertake a massive watering of all of them when suddenly my design mind woke up and it hit me: I could get rid of the icicles and feed my plants at the same time.. upcycle my icicles…. Upcycicles were born.

I busted out some courage and started yanking about 5-6 inches off of the tips of the massive formations and sticking them into my plants. The icicles water the plant slowly (about 2 hours), preventing root rot, and for those plants with slotted bottoms on their pots, I didn’t have to worry about the water dripping through, the plants sucked up the water as it melted.

Ivy plant enjoying an upcycled icicle

Thirsty snake plant enjoying an Upcycicle!

Beetlejuice, my crazy cat tail succulent being fed by an upcycicle

This proved to be both fun and function, 2 words that should really be used together more.

While melted icicles aren’t exactly what I would consider waste, the idea of taking something useless and giving it a purpose is the real reason behind this post. I hope that this idea will inspire and encourage more of you to think progressively about upcycling and how easy it can really be if we just use our design sense and problem solving skills to create ideas that employ maximum waste reduction while still satisfying or improving upon a popular objective.


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