What is Upcycling and what does it have to do with the environment?
I never gave much thought about taking waste materials and using them to make something useable. I used to just think that was just recycling. But noooo…I have learned a new word!
Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.
The term Upcycling came from Germany
The upcycling concept was the title of the German book written by Gunter Pauli in 1997, the free translation of Upsizing (the opposite of Downsizing) book first published in 1996. The German edition was adapted to the German language and culture by by Johannes F. Hartkemeyer, then Director of the Volkshochschule in Osnabruck. The concept was later incorporated by William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their 2002 book Cradle to…
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