Upcycle - Wikipedia


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Upcycling is a component of sustainability in which waste materials are used to provide new products. It is generally a reinvestment in the environment. "Upcycling is the practice of taking something that is disposable or downcycled and transforming it into something of greater use and value."[citation needed] This process allows for the reduction of waste and virgin material use, or less strain on resources for melting scrap metal.




The term upcycling was coined by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, authors of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.
Perhaps one of the oldest forms of upcycling is the re-use of interchangeable parts for various products.

Limitations of upcycling

Sometimes, when physical resources have geometric incompatibilities, some jury rigging has to be done.

Health concerns

  • Food items pose a health risk when they age; so for health reasons, it is mandatory to dispose of them.

See also