And it all adds up: The number of upcycled products on Etsy

Recycling is Great But Upcycling is Even Better

You know what recycling is, but have you ever heard of downcycling? No? Don’t worry, that’s a trick question.

Downcycling is just another name canada goose outlet for recycling, taking used materials and products out of the waste stream and converting them into new materials. The “down ” prefix is canada goose black friday sale used sometimes just to make the point that many recycled products are cheap canada goose of lesser quality than the original.

This brings us to upcycling, which is exactly the opposite. Upcycling is cheap Canada Goose the process of canada goose factory sale converting waste into new materials or products of better quality.

As canada goose factory outlet most of us work hard to reduce the amount of waste we create, it should be no surprise goose outlet canada that upcycling has shown significant growth across the United States. Upcycling is all around us. Etsy offers a mind boggling variety of imaginative, beautiful and sometimes downright weird items. Among those tagged “upcycled,” a quick look recently revealed canada goose outlet jewelry made from found objects, furniture built from reclaimed wood, clothing put together from old textiles and a newly painted ceramic owl. And it all adds up: The number of upcycled products on Etsy was about 7,900 canada goose outlet online in January 2010 and is now about 221,000, a 2,700 percent increase in two and a half years.

Many outdoor companies, including REI, The North canada goose outlet toronto factory Face, Marmot and Patagonia, Canada Goose online work hard to reduce their official canada goose outlet environmental impact. Many of them sell fleece products made from recycled plastic bottles. (Why not? Fleece is made from polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, which is the same plastic from which the bottles are commonly made.)

Patagonia, which was the first to do so way back in canada goose outlet canada 1993, reports saving some 86 million canada goose outlet parka soda bottles from the trash. They also now offer many other garments made from these bottles, unusable second quality fabrics and worn out garments.

A completely different kind of retailer, the French luxury goods firm Herms, also upcycles. They uk canada goose use leftover material and damaged goods for a new line canada goose clearance sale of specialty items. For example, drawers are upholstered with damaged scarves, a defective handbag is turned into Canada Goose Jackets a canada goose outlet black friday clock and a flawed glass vase is cut in half to become a set of bookends.

Several businesses in our area are taking advantage of the trend as well. The largest is the woman’s canada goose outlet store uk clothing designer Eileen Fisher. The proceeds go to charity. When they have garments unsuitable for resale, they upcycle them instead, turning them into useful objects like blankets, scarves and rugs.

The “Amazing” Possibilities canada goose clearance of Upcycling

When it comes to canada goose black friday sale collecting recyclable and upcyclable materials, the business opportunities are “amazing,” said Gal Raz, associate professor at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Do you have any great upcycling ideas? Let us know and we’ll share them with the community. And remember: While recycling is good, reusing is even better. And reducing consumption is even better than that.

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