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Upcycle

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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.

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History

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.

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Limitations of upcycling

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

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Health concerns

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

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See also