What is Upcycling?
Well, put plainly, upcycling is taking used items and giving them a new use. The term was coined in 1994 and is already a key factor in environmental issues worldwide, and we want to make people aware of it. Upcycling allows us to keep even single-use items in use indefinitely. This ultimately reduces waste, which is one of the most valuable things we can do.
Upcycle vs. Recycle
Don't be confused. Upcycling is an entirely different concept to recycling. Recycling is turning products back into their raw form, for example: a can of coke turns back into aluminium. Upcycling is a creative way to give a new use to items you would normally just discard. However, they are both equally important in reducing waste.
Benefits of Upcycling
Upcycling reduces the amount of waste thrown into landfills.
Upcycling eliminates the need to use fresh raw materials to manufacture new products. (This means air and water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced!)
Encourages creativity and innovation .
People can reclaim materials and give them a new lease on life.