What is UpCycling?
…is the process of converting waste materials & useless products into new materials or products of better quality & better environmental value.
The goal of upcycling is to prevent wasting potentially useful materials by making use of existing ones. This reduces the consumption of new raw materials when creating new products. Reducing the use of new raw materials can result in a reduction of energy usage, air pollution, water pollution and even greenhouse gas emissions.
Upcycling is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other half of the recycling process. Downcycling involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality. Most recycling involves converting or extracting useful materials from a product and creating a different product or material.
For example, during the recycling process of some plastics many different types of plastics are mixed, resulting in a hybrid. This hybrid is used in the manufacturing of plastic lumber applications. However, upcycling does not require a complete reprocessing of the original product or material. For example, our Sally loves Romance notepads are made directly from the covers of romance novels, and the interior pages are used to make decorative packing materials with a vintage feel.
Less destruction, more Sass!