Why choose upcycled?
What is upcycling?
Upcycling is the reuse and reimagining of otherwise discarded objects or materials in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original. Upcycling continues the life of the object, keeps it out of landfill and adds value.
The 'up' refers to the value and quality added.
Is upcycling the same as recycling?
No! The main difference between the two is the process.
Recycling essentially breaks down the material. This can then be reformed into something new, but the broken down fibers tend to be of lessor quality. Often it is blended with virgin material to give it strength. Resources and energy are used throughout the processes. eg: recycled plastic bottle broken down into fibers and turned into a t-shirt.
Whereas upcycling is more energy efficient and materials are not broken down or degraded - instead, they are re-imagined and repurposed - adding value and quality while extending the lifespan of the material. eg: laptop case made from old wetsuits
Now, more than ever, we need to support these innovative, design and business ideas that are offering waste solutions and those which will help to implement a more sustainable, circular economy. There are so many amazing things happening.
Re Source provides a platform for sourcing waste streams (resources) and connecting these with designers who can repurpose them.
Does your business have a waste stream that could be a resource? Are you a designer looking for materials to use?