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  • verb Present participle of upcycle.


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  • Among design junkies, craftsters, and green folks, upcycling is the latest challenge to combat climate change.

    Six Creative Upcycling Projects 2008

  • With his art, Michael engages in the act of "upcycling" - transforming and reducing a degenerative form of art - advertising - into something of far greater value.

    Wooster Collective 2009

  • I don’t want to be a wet blanket, but the concept of upcycling is one that is so important to re-conceiving how we design our world that I had to comment on the above items.

    Six Creative Upcycling Projects 2008

  • I love the idea of upcycling wasted fabric into little fabric floral bouquets.

    Handmade Weddings for Spring Brides : Flower Crowns and Corsage Gifts 2009

  • They have taken the idea of upcycling waste products in crafty and creative ways and turned it into a successful business.

    TerraCycle Gets Crafty With Discarded Wine Products 2009

  • TerraCycle's designers practice upcycling, that is, taking the packaging overruns of companies that make juice pouches and chips, for example, and turning them into tote bags, wallets and notebooks sold at Target and Walmart.

    NYT > Home Page By PENELOPE GREEN 2011

  • Repurposing (also known as upcycling or reusing) is really the best way of taking any existing object (usually no longer suited for its original purpose) and reusing it for another purpose.

    unknown title 2009

  • The new bacteria-driven process - termed upcycling - could address that, and make recycling PET bottles more economically attractive.

    The Speculist 2008

  • "upcycling" - the art of transforming recyclables into something of greater value!

    Press Release 2009

  • Orsola de Castro is the undisputed queen of "upcycling" in fashion.

    Observer Ethical Awards: From Somewhere, Ethical Fashion Award 2010


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  • "The practice of recycling material in such a way that it maintains and/or accrues value over time (the opposite of downcycling)"

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    November 25, 2007

  • "This is brilliant! BRILLIANT! It strikes me as sort of the heart of upcycling…designing a product with a second life in mind!"

    - Becky Striepe, comment on HangerPak: Shirt Packaging Doubling as a Hanger,, 27 April 2009.

    April 28, 2009

  • also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value.

    December 23, 2019