Oh, just another of the many new words that sound cool but mean almost nothing”. Reduce, reuse, recycle, repeat… but now say hello to upcycling.
So well, if I recycle, why do I need to upcycle?
The distinction between recycling and upcycling really makes sense and invites us to investigate the very sense of terms such as product design and sustainability. The manufacturing revolution has changed the way we turn wasted materials into amazing new stuff! While both recycling and upcycling reduces the amount of junk that goes to our landfills, upcycling turns that same waste into a product of a higher quality–while recycling slightly decreases the quality of certain materials. Believe it or not, for every ton of tossed plastic bottles that get upcycled, tons of CO2 is prevented from entering the atmosphere! Upcycling is more about less use of water, energy, and raw materials to create something new than traditional production.
Only a few decades ago, especially in rural culture, what we call now upcycling was done commonly, for example taking the legs of a broken chair and joining them to other wood pieces to make a coffee table, thus creating objects maybe bizarre, yet absolutely functional. It is called “100 Chairs in 100 Days and its 100 Ways”
Upcycling can be a heck of lot of fun, while helping your wallet and the planet. From scouring local thrift stores for fun pieces to repurpose, it can be an awesome way to rally your community around sustainability.
Are you convinced yet? If you’re still feeling suspicious about upcycling, why not ask the experts with multiple years of experience at YES Full Circle! We’ll make it so easy for you to upcycle and recycle that you won’t even know you’re doing it!!
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