A recent spike in DIY (Do It Yourself) projects using discarded or thrifted items has gotten the attention of people from every walk of life, leading to a new generation of entrepreneurs promoting sustainability. These consumers flip discarded items for a profit or for their own use, common items that are flipped are often pieces of furniture, clothing, decor, and more. To get a chair professionally reupholstered can cost upwards of $2000, to DIY the same piece of furniture consumers could cut the price down exponentially. By doing this with discarded items or thrifted items they are giving new life to a piece of furniture rather than throwing it in the trash. The worth of the object increases along with the modern demand for the item when it is updated. In Alma, there are couches, laundry machines, chairs, and more put on the side of the road weekly. Some turn into projects or sell worthy items for these entrepreneurs and others end up in landfills. One homeowner that threw away a recently purchased washer and dryer set, that did not have anything wrong with them, did so because they wanted a different model. When asked why they chose to put them at the side of the road over their other options such as selling, donating, or returning they said, “No one would take them because of COVID”. Meaning that the precautions society was taking at the time heavily impacted their ability to re-home them, so they took them to the scrap yard. Shredded scrap has gone up 50.7% in 2020, turning around the scrapping market and over doubling the amount of cost per ton, leading to record highs as predicted that they will remain at current cost for 2022. While recycling is considered sustainable, exercising an item’s full use of life elongates its sustainability. Often people choose to throw away an entire appliance, or scrap them, when just a piece stops its function instead of replacing the contributing broken part. Furniture, vehicles, and appliances are more expensive to provide continuous maintenance and upkeep rather than buying a replacement and discarding their “broken” item. This leads to repurposing parts of an old item in unconventional ways, you may have seen examples of this around your community. At the Alma Fair in 2021 a son and father made a bench out of a truck’s old tailgate. They used lumber for the legs, seat, and armrest and the tailgate for the backing of the bench. This bench will reside at Leisure Lake Campground, who purchased this bench at the fair auction. A few similar projects at the fair were planters made out of tires, a coat rack made from a pitchfork, and a table made from wooden crates. Alma fair hosts a DIY section yearly and this year was filled with too many amazing projects to go over. With DIY and reusing older items on the rise, it looks like society is making the shift to promote sustainability. Whether people are flipping items for profit, environmental gain, or their own aesthetic, it is definitely making an impact on how we treat our Earth.