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DIY Upcycling Stool build from Olive Oil Canister

Build yourself a unique upcycling stool from an olive oil canister

Have you also brought yourself olive oil in a canister from the last holidays in Spain or Greece? And now – after the delicious olive oil is consumed – the olive oil canisters mingles around unused. Because it is so beautiful and you associate memories with it, you can’t part from it. Or does it wait for the next garbage collection? – That isn’t necessary.

Something like that happened to Annette Husmann, owner of Greenpicks – Eco & Upcycling Market. From friends blessed with delicious olive oil in a canister, she did not want to part from the pretty decorative object. A walk in the toolshed brought some material remains of a small construction project to light. How the small upcycling stool originated from an olive oil canister, show the subsequent film.

What you need:
1 x olive oil canister
1 x wooden plate
2 x corner angles of stainless material
8 x wood screws
1 x threaded rods M8
2 x M8 washers (stainless steel) *
2 x M8 nuts (stainless steel) *
2 x caps M8 (stainless steel) *
Sand (or other filler)
possibly side cutter
possibly hacksaw

* bought new, costs 1.23 EUR

That’s how it’s done:

1. First clean oil canister thoroughly inside and outside, so that no more oil residues remain in the interior.

2. Remove the handle which is located on top of the canister with side cutter, provided that the wooden plate does not rest completely flat and the handle is in the way.

3. Lay wood panel on the olive oil canister and determine position for corner angle. (By the way, in its first life the wooden plate was a door handle on a front door.)

4. Install corner angles on wooden plate.

5. Put wood panel again on the canister and determine position of the threaded rod. Mark holes on the canister and drill with metal drill the tin.

6. Cut threaded rod to the length that it is slightly shorter than the wooden plate and does not poke out underneath. Grind sawed surface, so that no sharp edges remain.

7. Fill the empty canister with sand before the final assembly. This stabilizes the stool.

8. Apply wooden plate with preinstalled corner angles on the oil canister, push tailored threaded rod through the corner angles and connect corner angles with washers and nuts to the canister.

9. Finally, screw the caps to the ends of the threaded rod. So you do not scratch yourself and enhance the appearance of the stool.

Green Lifestyle unique item of olive oil canister

Thus, from a holiday gift results a small Upcycling stool which finds its place in the garden, in the living room, bedroom or winter garden. Quasi wherever it is needed. Minimalists love the stool as a side table beside a bed or couch. It is not only stable, but also durable because of the sand filling. This Green Lifestyle object is therefore unique, including small scratches and dents that tell charming details from the past.

» Upcycling Furniture at Greenpicks

Price versus Value at Eco Products

Price versus Value

Oscar Wilde: Price versus Value
Oscar Wilde: Price versus Value

Greenpicks stands for conscious consumption. Sustainable products are often slightly more expensive than conventional products and meet environmental and social standards. The value is always in the “eye of the beholder”, it is always “subjective”. Whether something is worth, is the sole responsibility of the acting person that assigns a benefit to a good. This also applies to the ecological and social awareness. However, here the human incorporates other aspects in his purchase decision. These include beside the benefit of the good criteria such as

  •  Has the product been manufactured environmentally friendly?
  • Were the persons involved in the production process compensated fair?
  • Do the working conditions of the producers meet social and health standards?
  • Is it possible to recycle the good or even return it by Cradle to Cradle criteria into the natural cycle?
  • Are the materials used free of pollutants?
  • What is the carbon footprint in the production of the products?
  • Is the good produced locally or regionally? And are thereby jobs secured in the region?

In addition to general economic factors and the benefit these and other sustainability criteria determine the value of the eco-friendly product. The benefit results from the fact that one thing (a good) helps to provide a need. Fair production conditions for workers and environmentally friendly production are as important for ecoconscious people as their causal personal need.

Nowadays people know
the price of everything
and the value of nothing.

– Oscar Wilde –

Plastic Waste on the Beach

Sunbath on the Beach in between of Plastic Waste

Gradually the summer holidays in Europe start. Many tourists spend the best time of the year at the seaside. But who would like to sunbath in the sand between all the plastic waste? Because unfortunately on every beach of the ocean can be found plastic – various kinds of plastic waste and mikroplastic.

plastic waste
Careless plastic waste lying around on the beach (Spain) close to a dustbin | © streitline

Close to the dustbin

Who wants to have clean beaches and enjoy an unburdened holiday season, will make the short distance way to provided dustbins or take his garbage at home. And if there is no refuse bin available, then do good for yourself, for others and for the environment and take your rubbish and dispose of in an appropriate place. Plastic – less means more ocean and nature!

A good rest for body, mind, soul and nature wishes Greenpicks.

The last bee

The last bee does not full up

The last bee
The last bee

Only after the last bee has been died, then you will find that money cannot be eaten.

[Referring to the quote by Cree]

If you would like to counteract, you can find in the garden centre of Greenpicks the seed “bee pasture”.

Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution
Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution

Fair Attractive Sustainable Holistic Innovative Organic Non-toxic REVOLUTION.
– Annette Husmann –

Let us use the power of fashion to change the story for the people who make the world’s clothes. For a clean, more transparent fashion industry.

Ragbag: Upcycling, Style and Fair Trade

In our blog post about Ragbag we take a look behind the scenes of the Dutch label for fair traded upcycling bags and upcycling accessories.

Siem Haffmans © Ragbag
Siem Haffmans © Ragbag

Head behind Ragbag is Siem Haffmans. The Amsterdam-based eco-designer established in 2005 the brand of fashion bags and accessories, with which he primarily addresses a young, trendy crowd.
Manufactured in different places in India recycled plastic bags, cotton remnants and large Teebags are processed according to the Upcycling concept. In this way, different series of fancy upcycling products emerge that have a significantly higher value than their starting materials. Ragbag stands for upcycling, style, fair trade and environmental awareness – more sustainable is hardly possible. Continue reading Ragbag: Upcycling, Style and Fair Trade