Value created by Upcycling


Why Upcycle?

Have you ever had the experience of transforming an unused object into something new and unique with a few ideas and ingenuity?

According to Habitat for Humanity, an international NGO, this act of giving new life and value to unused objects is called “Upcycling.

Upcycling, they say, gives a different cycle of things than recycling. In recycling, materials are broken down and transformed into new products, whereas in upcycling, objects that were to be discarded can be given a second life by changing the form of use or adding value without breaking down the materials.

The value that upcycling brings is varied. First, it reduces the burden on the global environment because new products are made with minimal use of resources. It may also be expected to promote consumer awareness of the cycle of goods. In addition, since upcycling does not completely remove the original item, it is possible to pass on the memories and attachment of the owner to the next generation.

There are a number of companies that are upcycling vehicles that are no longer in use. VOLVO, an automobile company, creates phone cases and card holders using leather from discontinued cars and sells them as an upcycled collection. The company sells them as an upcycled collection. The author once met a couple who were doing a DIY project to convert a 1950s camper into an AirBnB room, and thought this act could also be considered upcycling.

So far, we have mentioned what upcycling is. In a related article, we will discuss various examples of upcycling and how they create value.

What is upcycling ? (Habitat for Humanity)

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