Waste management is the top priority of those who work in the environment sector. A new term has been discovered in the world of the program reduce, reuse, and recycle.
What is Upcycling?
Upcycling is the process of turning waste products into useful items. You may sometimes see an old piece of furniture that has been refurbished, this is upcycling.
It is the process of converting a useless one to a better and more productive one.
For a simple understanding, it makes the waste products more useful and has a purpose. The items become functional and will look even better rather than before.
The value increased due to this process. Then, the result will gain profit and can be very helpful in the environment.
A good example will be a clothes hanger is stretched and tied around a plastic bag. This will produce a wreath.
Another example is a table which can no longer be used will be remodelled or changes as a furniture such as dining table or coffee table.
It was the title of the German book in 1998 by Gunter Pauli. It was later adapted by other writers.
The goal of upcycling for them is to prevent wasting the possible useful products by creating from the previous ones. This can result to the minimal use of new materials for creating new products.
This can help the environment in the reduction of pollutions in air and water, greenhouse gas emissions and the use of energy.
Difference between recycling and downcycling from upcycling
The materials such as paper, plastic, glass and metals are broken down into pieces and these will be made to a new product yet with less quality. It makes the extracted and useful products from a product and will create a different kind of material.
The items will be broken down and later on be reused. The samples are the paper will be shredded and will turn a pulp and the glass will be smashed and will be melted for a better casting.
It turns the converted materials into a new product but degrades the value of the materials.
There is no need to break down the materials only remodel it depending on the materials used. It becomes a part of their daily life for most developed countries.
It can be anything that you can see around you. These examples can be cartons, shirts, bottles, cans, newspapers, jeans and those who are not in use.
Issues in the Environment
The ecological waste management and programs are implemented by different sectors depending on the location. They promote to utilise these methods to minimise trash, pollution and other possible problems in our surroundings.
Those recycled materials should be separated. The upcycled materials will be utilised depending on its usage.
Information dissemination is an essential part of this program. Each one of us has the key to a beautiful and pollution free environment.
Let us focus on bringing back the beauty and the amazing scenery of Mother Nature. Let us practice the upcycling process and it will be very helpful to each one of us.