The environmental benefits of upcycling are huge, apart from it minimising the volume of discarded materials and waste being sent to landfill each year.
Ucycling also reduces the need for production using new or raw materials, and this in turn means a reduction in air pollution, water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions.
Upcycling means you can creatively reuse and re purpose by – products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products which are a better quality or a better environmental value.
It not only reduces to amount that goes into landfill, it also helps reduce CO2 emissions by using old materials instead of new ones.
Upcycling is not a new idea. Upcycling started back in the 1930s-40s when families had very little economic or material resources. Back then they reused almost everything, repurposing items over and over until they were no longer useful: They used feed sacks to make dresses or old doors became the new dining room table.
Is Upcyclying Green?
In short, upcycling makes a positive impact on the environment. When you upcycle, you remove items from the global garbage stream.Upcycling only requires your own creativity and elbow grease, unlike recycling that requires energy or water to break down materials.
What can be upcycled
The list is endless, it is all up to your imagination, you can upcycle wine bottles, cans, newspapers, boots, milk cartons, tires, books, suitcases, jeans, you name it. If you no longer have a use for it, upcycle it!
How to get started?
Sort through your cupbords or recycling bin and create items yourself or purchase ready-made items from upcycled materials. Both make a positive impact on the environment. Both reward you with something beautiful or useful.