We know about reuse, recycle, and upcycle, but the most difficult for me is to repurpose. To have an item that is in good condition and that I love, but it's intended use is no longer necessary (or logical). I don't want to rework these pieces or alter them if I don't have to.
To repurpose an object requires we "think outside the box", and I find this extremely difficult sometimes. I will stand and stare at the item trying to picture other uses in my mind. There are some people on this blog who are very good at this, I'm not one of them.
Collecters, crafters, and artists are the original recylers. We've been doing it all our lives.