Upcycling is a term used in taking a product that is no longer being used, and giving it a second life that is more valuable than its original use. In doing so there is a decrease in adding waste to our environment, while also saving money for individuals. For example, an item like plastic spoons is used then discarded right after one use - upcycling gives us the opportunity to take something like plastic spoons and make it more valuable to us as seen in the image above. There are many ways to upcycle, and with that comes many purposes.
If you're not really into crafts or decorations, yet still are dying to save the planet? Don't worry there is another way for you to upcycle. You can upcycle practically. Use waste products and with a quick change in composition they can be used for organization, convenience and function.
Do you have any shirts with holes, stains, or even just out of fashion? Upcycling can also be done by simply making new and more appealing clothing through the use of old clothing. Making new clothing can be done by just adding small bright colored fabric, or it can be done by completely reconstructing the article of clothing
Do you need help with organization? We suggest taking old some old tins cans, if they are food cans remove their labels, wash thoroughly, and file down any sharp edges. These can be placed in drawers, on counters, glued together and put on walls. For better visual appearance add a little paint. There you go, quick, easy, and free organizer.
Need new furniture? Don't waste money, use waste or cheap materials to create gorgeous rustic furniture. A very useful material for furniture are pallets that are used for shipping products and then discarded later. Pallets are a popular use of furniture because it can initially hold more weight.
Upcycling is often used for DIY decorations or household everyday use, but can also be used as a sustainable way to help both the environment and our economy. Through research we discovered that the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics created a more sustainable use of straws to help reduce emissions. The product itself was sustainable for the environment and was sold for 3 to 5 dollars, so it resulted in being economically sustainable. This also shows that upcycling can be done all around the world, as opposed to limiting it to one demographic.