“Trend of Upcycling”
It is a relatively new term even though it has been about 19 years since it was first used in 1994.Here is what wikipedia tells us about it:
Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.
The first recorded use of the term upcycling was by Reiner Pilz of Pilz GmbH in an article by Thornton Kay of Salvo in 1994.
“We talked about the impending EU Demolition Waste Streams directive. “Recycling,” he said, “I call it downcycling. They smash bricks, they smash everything. What we need is upcycling- where old products are given more value, not less.”
We love this part of the definition “where old products are given more value” and the emphasized notion of the definition which is “More value, Not Less.”
What is the difference between recycling and upcycling?
… one might ask. I believe we could simply specify the difference by noting that a process of upcycling does not include a process of dividing the item at hand into its all basic elements as it is does in recycling.
For instance; having a dress at hand, one does not need to distill the dress to obtain the element what the dress is made of and use the element [cotton, wool, rayon, silk etc.] for a totally new project to upcycle the dress; this would be a process of recycling. Instead, to upcycle the item, one could simply use the existing material at hand, the whole dress or a part of it, to bring it back to life giving this old product “more value“; during the process new items, or parts of new items could be added to the old one, or again, simply another old item or some part[s] of it could be used for the same purpose.
Bring one old and another old trend together for a new one; bring the old and new trend together for a new one. But always add an old one [save the planet and resources] and do it for more value [make the planet more beautiful].
For recycling, one will most probably need high tech and/or complex and high value technologies; on the other hand, for upcycling, use your creative imagination, reduce the costs, increase the value. Don’t expect only “others” to save the planet by investing treasure amount of money, instead, join in the process with your individual self. Don’t expect “others” to save OUR unique home [the earth]; this is yours, too!
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