The upcycled tag refers to the use of waste materials or by-products to create a new, useful product. Such processes give unwanted materials a second life. Instead of ending up in the waste stream, they are turned into products with higher value.


It is important to note the difference between recycling and upcycling. Recycling involves breaking down waste into raw materials that can be used to make a product. Examples include products made of recycled paper or plastic, since the discarded and used products (ie. plastic bottles, used paper) undergo a process of destruction and modification to become new raw materials.

Upcycling on the other hand reuses waste as it is without breaking it down into a base state. They are creatively used to make a product that has higher function and purpose than the waste’s original state. Examples include the use of sugarcane bagasse to make food packaging, or mango skin to make leather.

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