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Airscape® Upcycle Program

At Planetary Design, we always look for ways to reduce our carbon footprint while giving our customers a unique and exceptional product. Sometimes, our products don’t meet our standards. So, what happens then? Here is our usual process for handling unusable products:

  1. Strip usable parts to fill customer service requests. This usually includes the inner lids for Airscape®, press assemblies for BruTrek® Travel French Presses and lids for BruTrek® Drinkware.
  2. Broken-down units are made available for internal use. We use these in various ways (don’t want to spoil the rest of the blog), including having them as a print shop “tester” where our internal branding team uses these units to ensure our customers’ printing and engraving logos look correct.
  3. Extra units are stored until we find a suitable recycling partner.
  4. Suitable recycling partners are hard to find for bulk stainless steel, but we take the units to recycle when a good partner is found.

We have decided to upcycle our unusable Airscape® Coffee Canisters and make them available to you! We are making limited Upcycled Airscape® Planters available until we are out. There is also an option to buy untouched upcycled Airscape®’s that you can use however you’d like. In this blog, we will show you how to clean the upcycled Airscape®’s effectively, how to make the upcycled Airscape®’s into planters and some other ways to use your upcycled Airscape®! With that, let’s get into it.

Large Planter

What is Upcycling?

Upcycling is taking an old or unwanted item and transforming it into something new and valuable. It’s a great way to breathe new life into old items and reduce environmental waste. Plus, getting creative and developing new uses for things you would have otherwise thrown away is a lot of fun.

The Airscape® Coffee Canister is a perfect example of a reusable item that can be transformed into something new. These canisters are not only great for keeping your coffee fresh, but they can also be repurposed in various ways. Upcycling Airscape® Coffee Canisters reduces waste and allows you to get creative and add a personal touch to your home or office.

How to Use Your Upcycled Airscape®?

You’ve decided to upcycle your Airscape® Coffee Canister and give it a new lease on life, but what can you do with it? Fear not; we’ve got you covered with some fun and quirky ideas to help you get started!

First up, let's talk about kitchen storage. Your Airscape® Canister is already a pro at keeping coffee beans fresh, so why not use it for other dry goods too? Fill it with flour, sugar, rice, or pasta and enjoy the convenience of having your staples within reach, all while keeping them fresh and pest-free.
If you want to add a touch of green to your home, your upcycled Airscape® Canister can also double as a planter. You can plant herbs, succulents, or even small flowers in it. Plus, the stainless steel construction of the canister will give your plants a modern and chic look.
Now, let's get crafty! Your Airscape® Canister can make a great DIY project. Why not decorate it with paint, stickers, or a decoupage to give it a unique and personalized look? You can even turn it into a fun project with your kids; just make sure you use non-toxic materials.
If you want to keep your office space organized, your upcycled Airscape® Canister can be repurposed as a desk organizer. Use it to store your pens, pencils, paperclips, or phone charger. It's a fun and eco-friendly way to add style to your workspace.
Are you a DIY enthusiast or a handy person who loves to tinker with tools and gadgets? Your upcycled Airscape® Coffee Canister can also come in handy as a workshop organizer. You can use it to store screws, nails, bolts, and other small items that tend to get lost easily. It's a great way to keep your workspace organized and tidy, and the airtight lid will ensure that your tools and hardware stay rust-free and protected from the elements. Plus, its sleek stainless steel design will fit right in with your other tools and make your workshop look even more stylish.

How to Clean Your Upcycled Airscape®:

Cleaning Your Upcycled Airscape® can be tricky, but this guide will take a frustrating job and make it an easy 5-minute job! So, What will you need?

  1. Upcycled Airscape®
  2. Acetone
  3. Alcohol Solution
  4. Cloth Rag
  5. Gloves
  6. 5 Minutes of Your Time
upcycle Airscape® Coffee Canister

Step 1: Peel Label Off Upcycled Airscape®

upcycle Airscape® Coffee Canister

Good News! If your Upcycled Airscape® does not have a label, skip to step 2.

This step is simple. With most* of the upcycled Airscape®’s, there will be an accessible corner for you to pull the label off. Some Pro Tips: Keep a steady pace to pull the label off without ripping.

*If there is no accessible corner to rip the label off or when ripping, not all of the label comes off, use a hair dryer and directly apply the heat to the label. After doing this, it should be much easier to peel the label.

Step 2: Wipe Label Adhesive with Alcohol Solution

upcycle Airscape® Coffee Canister
upcycle Airscape® Coffee Canister

Now it is time for the tricky part. This label adhesive can be quite the bugger, but we have found the best way to remove it. 

Ensure you wear gloves throughout the entire process (I know I did a crappy job of this while taking pictures). Pour a small amount of the alcohol solution onto the cloth rag and begin to work the solution into the adhesive. By doing this, you loosen up the adhesive. You may even begin to see some of the adhesive come off the canister.

Step 3: Wipe Acetone onto Label Adhesive

upcycle Airscape® Coffee Canister

The real key to taking off the adhesive is the acetone. So, pour a small amount of the acetone onto the cloth rag (it is okay if it is the same rag) and rub the rag on the adhesive. Find a system that works best for you from this point. Does the adhesive come off better going up and down? Or maybe side to side? Maybe in a circular motion? Regardless, you will start to see the adhesive come off or start to spread out along the canister. This is normal!

Step 4: Switch Between Alcohol solution and Acetone to Finish Cleaning Process

upcycle Airscape® Coffee Canister
upcycle Airscape® Coffee Canister

This is a helpful tip to know if you should switch to alcohol from acetone – when the adhesive begins to spread out, it is time to switch to the alcohol solution.

Continue this process until the Upcycled Airscape® is clear of the adhesive. It may take 5-10 minutes.

How to Make the Upcycled Airscape® Planter:

Now that you have finished cleaning your upcycled Airscape®, it is time to make it into whatever you’d like! We gave you some other suggestions for using the upcycled Airscape® earlier in the blog, but now, we will show you how to make your own Upcycled Airscape® Planter!

What you will need:

    1. Upcycled Airscape®
    2. Power Drill
    3. Cobalt Drill Bits – I used ½” for the bottom and 5/16” for the sides
    4. Dremel or Sander that will Work on Metal
    5. Twine or String
    6. A Plant that is ready for a new home!
    7. Eye Protection
    8. Gloves
upcycle Airscape® Coffee Canister

Step 1: Drill Filtration Holes

upcycle Airscape® Coffee Canister
upcycle Airscape® Coffee Canister

Ensure you are wearing Eye Protection while operating power equipment.

For the filtration holes, I used a ½” cobalt drill. The pictures are of the Airscape® Kilo. In the Kilo, I put 9 holes in the bottom. Even this may have been a little overkill; for the medium Airscape®’s, I would put at most 4 holes. If you’d like to make the holes smaller or larger, go for it! This is your planter!

We tested drilling the holes from the inside and the outside, and unfortunately, there will be residue steel after drilling either way. To Drill: Set the drill to hammer (if available, if not set to a low setting) and keep a medium, steady pace until the hole begins to form. Once the hole forms, it may be hard to hold unto the canister. Make sure to hold it down tightly, and once through the canister, keep the drill going to open the hole completely.

Step 2: Drill Hanging Holes (Optional)

upcycle Airscape® Coffee Canister
upcycle Airscape® Coffee Canister

If you want to make a hanging planter, you will need holes on the side of the Upcycled Airscape® Planter. For the hanging holes, I used a 5/16” cobalt drill bit. I put 4 holes in the four corners of the sides of the Airscape®.

Use the same drilling technique you did for the filtration holes for the hanging holes. As you can feel, it will take a little longer to go through the sides because the canister will bend slightly when putting pressure on it. Ensure you still keep a consistent pressure and speed to successfully make the hanging holes.

Step 3: Dremel/Sand Holes

upcycle Airscape® Coffee Canister

Ensure to wear Gloves while working with exposed steel.

Now time to get rid of those sharp exposed steel pieces left behind after drilling!

The easiest way is to use a Dremel with a steel attachment to quickly remove the pieces. Be careful because the exposed steel pieces are sharp.

Step 4: Time to Plant!

upcycle Airscape® Coffee Canister

It is time to repot the plant. Read this article for an in-depth article on best practices for repotting a plant.

Make sure to choose the correct soil, aerate the roots and fill the Upcycled Airscape® Planter before planting.

Step 5: Hang the Plant (Optional)

Here is a great guide for how to hang a planter.

Use twine and try to make the twine equal on all four corners for best results.

Large Orange Planter

Upcycling is a great solution if you’re looking for a way to breathe new life into your old items while reducing environmental waste. At Planetary Design, we’ve transformed our unusable Airscape® Coffee Canisters into planters and other handy items. Our Upcycle Program is eco-friendly and provides unique and exceptional products for our customers. By repurposing the Airscape® Canister, you can enjoy the convenience of keeping your dry goods fresh, adding a touch of green to your home or office, or even organizing your workspace. It’s also an excellent opportunity to get creative and have fun with DIY projects. With some cleaning, you can transform your Upcycled Airscape® into something new and valuable. Join us in reducing waste and giving new life to old items by participating in our Upcycle Program today!

We want to see how you use your upcycled Airscape®! Tag Us On Instagram @airscapestorage
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