Recycling v Upcycling

For anyone interested in conserving the environment, there are terms which might come up such as recycling and upcycling.

When it comes to waste, the 3 R’s are common; that is reduce, reuse and recycle.

Reduce involves buying less items and using less. Reuse means making use of items you might throw away and use them for another purpose. Recycling is the process of changing items which would be considered waste into new products to prevent them from becoming waste.

Here are some differences between the recycling and upcycling;

Upcycling is an element of recycling which involves converting low value material into high value products while recycling is the change of an item which would be termed as waste into a new product which is functional and useful.

When you upcycle an item, you don’t change its form but you use your creativity to make something functional and aesthetically pleasing. It gives new life to an item.

Both recycling and upcycling leads to the reduction of energy consumption, reduces pollution and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

There are all sorts of ways one can upcycle. It can involve building houses out of entirely discarded material, making use of plastics and turning it into yarn for knitting. It involves taking discarded material to turn it into art or a product which you can use in your home or office.


Recycling is important and helps conserve the environment while upcycling makes use of your creativity to turn an object into an object of value.


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