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What is Upcycling?

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Upcycling, Defined
Upcycled Cassette Tape Wallet

An upcycled cassette, made into a wallet.

Rain Blanken
First off, no. Upcycling is not the same concept as recycling. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good bit of recycling. Upcycling is sort of like recycling 2.0.

Generally, recycling can turn one object into another, thereby reusing all or some of the materials that object is made up of. However, energy and waste is expended to recycle say, a plastic bottle into a plastic plate. Upcycling goes one step further, reusing an object with very little waste or energy in the process, and extending the life of the object until it is reduced to, well, dust.

Let’s look at an example of the upcycling process..

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