It was yesterday, Wednesday the 24th of June, but I missed it as we went for a day trip to the beach.
There’s a DAY for everything now – so we have upcycling day too!
What is upcycling?
Upcycling is the purpose repurposing or reusing something that you might have otherwise discarded.
The environmental benefits of upcycling are enormous: we not only save materials and waste being sent to landfill, we also reduce the need for production using new or raw materials. Therefore we can reduce air pollution, water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and of course we conserve global resources and minimise the use of natural resources.
It’s different from recycling
Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and things. When something is recycled – typically plastics, paper, metals or glass – it is broken down so the basic materials recovered can be remade into something new.
Upcycling adds value to the waste materials and takes less energy to process. Upcycling is a very specific type of recycling where waste is turned into a product or material of higher quality.
What can be upcycled?
A lot of things! The most popular upcycling projects are the furniture and regular household items to be repurposed. But upcycling clothing items are also very popular.
Everyone can do it
The good thing about upcycling is that there really are no limits to what you can create. It’s a sustainable, cost-effective option. You don’t even need any skill to be honest, just imagination, time and the will – because you will pick a few new skills up as you go!
Did you ever try it?