Upcycling Tire Foto: Jakub Jacobsky via Usplash
Upcycling Tire Foto: Jakub Jacobsky via Usplash

This is what is meant by “upcycling” (briefly explained): Clothing, furniture or appliances are not simply recycled, but upgraded. Find out how this works and when it makes sense here. The most important facts in a nutshell: Upcycling is when you give a worn-out item a new lease on life.

And here’s a detailed explanation: Upcycling is also often referred to as “creative reuse”. This is because upcycling refers to using waste materials or old items to create something new and more valuable. This approach is closely linked to sustainability and greentech, as it helps to reduce the environmental impact of waste and conserve resources.

Upcycling examples

A well-known example of upcycling is the use of old tires as flooring or as building material for furniture and garden elements. Discarded pallets can also be converted into shelves, tables or even houses.

Another example is using old clothes or fabric scraps to make pillows, bags or blankets. You can also make creative decorative items from old CDs, DVDs or bottles.

In “poorer” countries, upcycling is used more frequently than average: In many developing countries, for example, braiding techniques are widespread that can be used to make new products from old rubber and plastic products; for example, old car tires are used to make soles for flip-flops.

Upcycling Tetrapack Foto: Noah Eleaza via Unsplash
Upcycling Tetrapack Foto: Noah Eleaza via Unsplash

GreenBuilding: Upcycling in architecture

In architecture, there are also many examples of upcycling. For example, old buildings are often refurbished and converted instead of being newly constructed. Containers can also be used as building material for houses or office buildings.

In industrial manufacturing, there are also examples of upcycling. For example, waste from paper production is used to make insulating materials or bioplastics.

Important approach to sustainability and greentech

Upcycling is an important approach in the field of sustainability and greentech. It helps reduce waste and conserve resources while creating new, useful products. There are many ways to apply upcycling in different areas and everyone can contribute in their own way to reduce the environmental impact.