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What is upcycling?

Updated: Aug 14, 2022


What does Upcycling even mean?

According to www. upcycling is defined as follows,

upcycle (verb) up·​cy·​cle | \ ˈəp-ˌsī-kəl \ upcycled; upcycling

Definition of upcycle transitive verb

: to recycle (something) in such a way that the resulting product is of a higher value than the original item : to create an object of greater value from (a discarded object of lesser value)The line upcycles single-use plastic bags that are cleaned and brought in from Bali, Indonesia, and parts of California for use as the main material in the shoes. In the company's first year more than 175,000 plastic bags were reused to create footwear and accessories.— Melissa Magsaysay

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According to the term Upcycle is defined as follows,

upcycle [ uhp-sahy-kuhl ] verb (used with object), up·cy·cled, up·cy·cling.

to process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better than the original:I upcycled a stained tablecloth into curtains.

verb (used without object), up·cy·cled, up·cy·cling.

to process goods or material in this way:Several new companies whose purpose is to upcycle have sprung up recently.

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The term upcycling is a newly coined term that means to reuse transform incorporate an old item or material into a new product or new use for the old product. A great example of this is when you have a piece of wood furniture that you repair, paint or stain it and then finishing it. This will give the new product a new shot at life and even a new use for an item that is repairable and still usable. Taking an item and incorporating it again into a new product, or a refreshed version of the same product extending the initial use and lifespan of the item. This will not only help us to get the full use out of items, the full use of our current resources in circulation and finally preventing good, usable items from needlessly ending up in the landfill.

In this blog I will feature various upcycling projects that I have personally completed, plan to complete, or in the process of completion to share my upcycling journey and ideas with likeminded individuals. In hope to inspire and help others promote, utilize, and prevent usable resources