What is Upcycling?

The process of converting waste unwanted materials or useless end of life products into new products of better quality finish therefor better environmental value, We waste too much already countless second life products are thrown away without a second thought . EU Demolition Waste Streams directive. “Recycling,” I call it downcycling. They smash bricks, they smash everything is this future for Europe? re-cycling you first need to break down or destroy the waste or product then you make a new product from those smashed bits , if I can stop up a % of that and give it a new life , it’s my small bit of saving creation You can see countless thrown away everyday Norwich Up Cycle and my contributors’ from Norwich and the surrounding areas ,we will in our own little way give the more ! Interesting items a second life, by the nature of these creations they are going to be One off Originals. Ready to see how beautiful Rubbish can be.

Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. For example:

–Unraveling a wire clothes hanger to break into your car to rescue your keys = not upcycling
–Stretching out a wire clothes hanger then tying strips of a plastic bag around it to make a wreath = upcycling!

Upcycling gives an item a better purpose. And while jimmying the lock on your car to is giving that hanger a new purpose, it’s not necessarily better or more beautiful. And the mangled hanger is likely destined for the bin, which is the opposite intent of upcycling.

Recycling vs Upcycling

Recycling takes consumer materials — mostly plastic, paper, metal and glass — and breaks them down so their base materials can be remade into a new consumer product, often of lesser quality.

When you upcycle an item, you aren’t breaking down the materials. You may be refashioning it — like cutting a t-shirt into strips of yarn — but it’s still made of the same materials as when you started. Also, the upcycled item is typically better or the same quality as the original.

One of the biggest reasons for the rebirth of upcycling is the positive impact on the environment. Items destined for the dump are rescued and remade into something useful.
Also, upcycling is a way of life for people in developing countries. Raw materials are expensive so people use what they can find to create bowls, baskets, jewelry and other useful and beautiful items.

Upcycling Is Green

Plain and simple, upcycling makes a positive impact on the environment. When you upcycle, you remove items from the global garbage stream. Upcycling instead of recycling is good too; recycling requires energy or water to break down materials. Upcycling only requires your own creativity and elbow grease.

What Can I Upcycle?

Just about anything: Wine bottles, cans, newspapers, milk cartons, tires, suitcases, jeans, you name it. If you no longer have a use for it, upcycle it!