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Upcycle

Upcycle
Upcycling, a specific kind of recycling, entails turning waste material or an unwanted product into something better quality. When upcycling something, nothing gets broken down. It can be reworked or reconstructed in many different ways but typically stay the same, if not better quality than when the process started.

Pros
Upcycling's major benefit is reducing landfill waste, lessening the demand for natural resources and decreasing the amount of chemicals being emitted into the earths atmosphere. It can save you money by turning something you have that may be broken and turning it into something else that you need.

Cons
The job market may be impacted significantly as there wont be as much demand in retail. In addition, retail store wont be making as much money by selling any new products.

Supporters

Everett

Sounds artistic, and creative.

There was once a news segment about a company that took used wine bottles, cleaned them up, cut off the top, and then re-purposed the wine bottles int candles. This is very creative and artistic. This is like a million dollar idea.

When you think about all the waste that gets recycled, and recycled many times over, you are not only emitting more gases into the atmosphere, but you are wasting energy to recycle the product.

With upcycling you are building new products out of products that are recyclable. There are many more opportunities in terms of business growth with upcycling than there is with just plain recycling. Upcycling can also be a great hobby, because you are being creative and creating new products out of old products.

If you are thinking of going green, or want to be a green business then try to convert old products into new products like making candles out of wine bottles, it's very smart.

Posted by Everett on 01-11-2017
Lop

It is similar reusing

They say to reduce, reuse, recycle and in my opinion Upcycling is right there with reusing (maybe just after it such as reduce, reuse, upcycle, recycle). It is also fun to make things out of other things.
Posted by Lop on 01-11-2017
Trisha

upcycle

Upcycling is an invaluable process , it is definitely less demanding, a lot of energy is saved during the process. Instead of extracting raw materials from the scratch its a wise bid to upcycle, that way alot of money is saved and the environment is kept clean and sanitized. The process of up cycling give every member of the society a sense of belonging, because they must work hand in hand to achieve the process.
Posted by Trisha on 01-13-2017

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Recycle

Recycle
Recycling means to turn waste into something reusable or to refurbish a product to reuse. When something is recycled, most commonly, plastics, paper, metal or glass, it is broken down so the basic materials recovered can be made into something new. This typically results into lower quality products than before they were recycled

Pros
Recycling protects the environment. Trees are constantly being cut down and the recycled paper made from the trees are reused, minimizing deforestation and felling. Recycling also lessens pollution, the recycling of industrial products can help cut down the levels of pollution by reusing the materials instead of throwing them away.

Cons
Recycling is not consistency cost effective. In some cases separate factories are needed for processing reusable products. This can create more pollution in transportation, cleaning and storage. The recycled products aren't always the best quality. The items are often made from overly used or fragile trashed waste, which is why recycled items are cheap and only last for a short period of time.

Supporters

Jeshurun

Really cool

Many materials can serve multiple purposes, so it would be good to maximize such potentials, why leave it the way it is when it can serve multiple purposes. In my opinion I'll say that recycling is very good because it ensures no material is wasted. Think of a situation where the original product doesn't serve its intended use, then the best bet is recycling, that way the raw materials are not wasted.

Recycling might cost a bit but you can't compare the cost with the loss that would be encured without recycling.

Posted by Jeshurun on 01-12-2017

Comments

JMS
Both are of equal importance. If something can be upcycled then it is a good thing. It is amazing some of these beautiful pieces of furniture have been saved because of upcycling. Yet, some things cannot be upcycled and we need to think can we use this again, and what for? It may be a plastic bottle or a tin can. Both can be recycled but not exactly upcycled.

They are both being recycled, just in different ways. The plastic bags in your shopping centre were made from previous plastic. Upcycled furniture is recycled furniture without the dismantling.
Posted by JMS on 06-20-2017
morgoodie
I think that upcycling is probably better for the environment but not everything can be upcycled so recycling becomes the option. Whatever we can do to keep the amount of waste being dumped into a landfill is good all around. However, some materials that are made from recycled materials are definitely not higher quality. Plastics tend to be thinner such as the plastic grocery bags.
Posted by morgoodie on 07-09-2017
vinaya
Upcycle is reusing the thing and recycle is making different thing from the used thing. For instance, if you build a fence from used tyres, it is upcycle and if you throw the tyre in the furnace, and create a new tyre or other things, it is recycle. recycle and upcycle, both are necessary to make this earth a better place. Recycle and upcycle will less the consumption of resources and generate less trash.
Posted by vinaya on 08-17-2017