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Upcycling: a definition

February 1, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Dictionary of sustainable management defines “Upcycle” as “The process of converting an industrial nutrient (material) into something of similar or greater value, in its second life. Aluminum and glass, for example, can usually be upcycled into the same quality of aluminum and glass as the original products”.

TheFreeDictionary defines Upcycling as “the use of waste materials to provide useful products. Ideally, it is a reinvestment in the environment and embodiment of the notion that while using resources one is also contributing to them and their value. This is antithesis of the consume and waste concept in society”.

Upcycling is a new way to consider our rubbish: not only as something to trash, but as something to use again and to transform in something different. And the ways of upcycling can be very different and creative.

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