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What is Upcycling?

Upcycling is a new life cycle for old materials upgraded to new products

Upcycling means that for example production residues or materials that would actually be disposed of are being kept in the life cycle and upgraded to a new product. Basically a quality improvement in a triple sense: waste prevention, utilization, and the creation of a new product. And all this preferably with an energy efficient production.

The advantages are obvious: Upcycling means that resources are conserved and new objects are created in constructive processes.

Upcycling Chest of Drawers © andercover
Upcycling Chest of Drawers © andercover

The re-usage of seemingly useless materials or production residues combined with ideas, creativity and craftsmanship and/or artistic skills leads to appreciation. Individual products come up which stand out completely from the mainstream because of their uniqueness. The production of decorative upcycled objects is very popular. Meanwhile there are many extraordinary and exquisite upcycled products for all areas of life. Be well dressed with Upcycling fashion; designed Upcycling furniture for bathroom, kitchen, nursery and living room and also for terrace and balcony; practical and chic bags, purses, cell phone cases, backpacks from tea and coffee bags, seat belts, fire and bicycle inner tubes, – even candy wrappers are being utilized. Children’s toys made of recycled paper or recycled plastic or motor skill toys, such as teething toys and plush toys from old fabrics combined with new elements are a real alternative to mass toys which are often made from crude oil.

Upcycling Teabag Wallet © ragbag
Upcycling Teabag Wallet © ragbag
Upcycling toy: motor skill toy © ehrtweibchen
Upcycling toy: motor skill toy © ehrtweibchen

 

 

Upcycling also means a rethinking on the side of producers and consumers. Both sides have long recognized this. Although the idea of sustainable consumption may not have reached every man yet, a consciousness shift is clearly visible in this as well as in sustainable production.

In the radio post (German) with the company’s founder Annette Husmann you can learn more about the history of Upcycling and how this trend might develop.