Posted: August 6, 2019

Want to be a better friend to the environment but don't know how to get started? Join in the fun with WPL's 12 month Eco Year Challenge! From April 2019 to April 2020 we are working with partners to host events and fun activities that will inspire you to get green -- because little changes can make a big difference.

KW Professioanl Organizers

August is Upcycling Month!

Upcycling 101 with KW Professional Organizers

  • Tuesday, August 6
  • 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Main Library
  • Drop-in; registration not required

Book Swap

  • Wednesday, August 21
  • 6:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Main Library
  • Drop-in; registration not required

Upcycling Tips

THINK: Before, during, and after sourcing, something for your home think about where it came from, how was it made, is it easy to fix if it ever breaks, etc. Just the act of thinking about your purchases and where they come from will make you a more mindful shopper and cut down on plastics and poorly made items.

SHARING IS CARING: We don't need to own all the things :) Does a neighbour have that tool you need? Have you checked out the KW Library of Things? If you're only going to use something once or twice a year, it might be worthwhile to see if you can borrow instead of buy.

JUST IN CASE: Keeping everything and anything for those "just in case" moments might actually be holding you back from completing upcycle projects. Think about it, if you can let go of the unnecessary, someone else will benefit and you will be able to see clearly the items you need when you need them.

WORKSHOPS & TUTORIALS: Get to the library for a free program or search on YouTube for a tutorial on that project you want to make. There are many DIY books and step-by-step videos to help you get your upcycled project rolling.

FREE STUFF: If you're looking for resources and are not in a rush, make sure you look on, Kijiji free section, and Facebook Marketplace for items that people no longer need, but want to give away to a good home for free. 

BE REALISTIC: If you're the creative type, it's easy to wind up with a million-and-one projects to complete and not enough time to complete them. Start small with just one thing and see how it goes. 

Upcycling Book Recommondations

Upcycle : 24 sustainable DIY projects by Rebecca Proctor

Building with secondhand stuff : how to reclaim, repurpose, re-use & upcycle salvaged & leftover materials by Chris Peterson

Rag rugs, pillows, & more : over 30 ways to upcycle fabric for the home by Elspeth Jackson

The organic artist: make your own paint, paper, pigments, prints and more from nature by Nick Neddo

Eco-Year Themes


  • April : Celebrate Nature (our Eco Challenge launch!)
  • May : Biking & Alternative Transportation
  • June : Composting & Gardening
  • July : Bees, Butterflies & Birds
  • August : Upcycling
  • September : Ocean Conservation
  • October : Textile Waste
  • November : Dispose Properly
  • December : Eco Holiday


  • January : Water
  • February : Animals
  • March : 100 Mile Diet
  • April : Energy Conservation