DIY projects within the home to help the environment


  • Morgen Burris
  • Kendall Brantley


During the current pandemic there is a growing need for DIY projects while people are confined at home. This research is an examination of the likelihood that consumers will DIY their homes instead of buying everything new. Upcycling in a sustainable way is definitely achievable if done properly. Jane Milburn states, “Slow clothing is about thoughtful, ethical, creative, and sustainable ways to enjoy clothes while minimizing our material footprint. Slow clothing manifests through ten simple actions—be thoughtful, treasure natural, buy quality, support local, have few, care, make, revive, adapt, and salvage” (Milburn, 2017, p. 2). A case study done by The Design Society also proved that it is possible to use upcycled materials in the home in a functional way (Ali et al., 2013, p. 4). For example, a consumer can turn old wooden pallets into a bed frame or wall art. Most often consumers DIY or upcycle to show creativity or individualism. Another willingness to upcycle is to seek savings (Wolf, 2011, p. 5). For example if a consumer can not find the specific product they are looking for then they will DIY it. This research explores new options for utilizing textile waste within the industry to create new and recycled home decor products.






Human Ecology