The definition of Upcycling is the repurposing of discarded or used materials into new products with a higher value.
Upcycling is a practice that allows people to think of new, innovative and entrepreneurial ways to re-purpose, not only material waste and discards, but still functional items.
Upcycling not only closes the recycling loop but helps the environment by eliminating:
The down-cycling of discarded materials
The use of virgin resources
Valuable recyclable materials from going into landfills
The process by which companies Upcycle is a five step process:
Upcycling Process Loop:
The Upcycling loop is only completed when a new product enters the marketplace to be purchased by a consumer. The Upcycler focuses on this final stage of recycling by designing and marketing practical, stylish products that give a new life to waste materials.