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« on: October 17, 2017, 10:25:22 AM »
Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something more useful and attractive. Upcycling can transform an item for a better purpose.
This is not a new concept. It dates back to the time when families had very little economic or material resources. They reused almost everything, repurposing items over and over until they were no longer useful.
Upcycling, in the past, has been related to thriftiness during times of hardship, however in the future, upcycling will become more common as we face environmental issues and want to reduce our daily waste. Thrift is still a trend today and a big reason some people upcycle. 
This is a completely different process from recycling. While recycling a material, we degrade it to be re-used and will have low-quality value. On the other hand, upcycling involves creating something that will be of a higher quality and value in its new form and is slightly altered but not degraded. Despite all, the major reason for the rebirth of upcycling is the positive impact on the environment.

Plain and simple, upcycling makes a positive impact on the environment. When you upcycle, you remove items from the global garbage stream. You just have to depend only on your own creativity and elbow grease to get something "upcycled".

Just about anything: Wine bottles, cans, newspapers, milk cartons, tires, suitcases, jeans, you name it. If you no longer have a use for it, upcycle it!. Also, here is an interesting list of things which you can you can upcycle into furniture https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/upcycling/4-items-can-upcycle-furniture/ .


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