What is Upcycling

“Upcycling” is the transformation of waste-materials or unwanted scraps into new materials and products. Basically, one person’s trash (or, often your own trash) is another person’s treasure.


Old t-shirts? Destroyed furniture? Single use water bottles? Whatever scraps you have lying around, you can check out the website “Upcycle Thatamong others for ideas on how to beautify them!


Don’t want to “upcycle” your own furniture? You can also go on to websites like Hipcycle (https://hipcycle.com/) or Etsy to fill your house with other peoples’ reused and rejuvenated goods!


Written by: Teddi Shapiro, class of 2019

Photo thanks to Pixabay



One Reply to “What is Upcycling”

  1. You’re right, Teddi.

    In fact, furniture presents one of the more impactful opportunity. Imagine the scale of impact if even 10% of our population shifted to repurposed or upcycled furniture…that is 350-700 million trees (https://www.ran.org/the-understory/how_many_trees_are_cut_down_every_year/) saved every year!

    We urge not just individuals but even commercial institutions (hotels/restaurants, offices, schools/universities) to shift to the beauty & charm of eco-friendly furniture options.

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