Upcycling definition: the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value.
You say..Isn’t that recycling? No, not really. Some view upcycling as a subcategory for recycling..we use all of the two of the three “r”s (REDUCE, REUSE, recycle) when upcycling. I definitely see the comparison. The two are confused very often and sometimes upcycling isn’t even recongnized. The term “upcycling” has been around for a while but hasn’t made it’s full and deserved debut into society. Mostly because of confusion between the two terms “upcycling” and “recycling”. We are here to set that straight.
Before you fully understand what Upcycling is you must first understand what recycling really is. Recycling is the process of breaking down materials, processing them, and putting them back into society. Although recycling is a great way to help conserve and respect the Earth the actual process of recycling uses precious resources such as water and power. Of course we support recycling but if I had to choose whether to recycle or upcycle a product the answer is obvious.
Upcycling, however, takes any item no longer being used for it’s original purpose and upgrading it to either it’s same purpose or an entirely new purpose (which are my favorite!). There seems to be no end to what you can upcycle.
If you are still curious as to what the difference in Upcycling and Recycling are see the picture below….
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