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The upcycling trend is here to stay. It’s sustainable, cost-friendly and it gives you an opportunity to get creative. So, what are you waiting for? Get started with our back to basics guide to upcycling.
What is upcycling?
The term ‘upcycling’ means to take an existing, usually unused item and make it into something useful.
Where does the term come from?
The word ‘upcycle’ was first coined in 1994 by a rather forward thinking German man called Reiner Pilz who was interviewed by a journalist about the ruthless recycling occurring in Germany at the time. Naturally most of us have seen this in our lives without realizing it had a name – think of your Granny cutting up old curtains to make a skirt.
How is upcycling different to recycling?
Recycling reduces the original product into a new form and uses that new form to create a new product. Such as newspaper which is pulped and then made into something else.
But Upcycling takes the original unreduced product and creates something useful, saving energy, water and landfill. ie a seatbelt made into a handbag strap for example. Plus the end product can have an unexpected style, and delight, appreciating the object in a new light.
Source: realestate.com.au Carly Jacobs