The Difference Between Upcycling and Repurposing

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We’ve all heard the terms upcycling and repurposing, but what do they mean? And why are they so popular lately? Simply put, these are both ways of turning waste materials into something useful and usable again instead of throwing them away. What’s the difference between upcycling and repurposing? This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about upcycling versus repurposing and the environmental impact each has on our world.

What is Upcycling?

Teaching kids good habits like recycling, repurposing and upcycling is vital.

Upcycling is taking something that has already been used or discarded and converting it into a new item of better quality or for better environmental value. An example would be taking an old tire, painting it red with white polka dots, and putting flowers inside it to create a work of art. The tire was reused as art instead of being placed in a landfill. By upcycling, we are saving resources and reducing pollution all at once!

What is Repurposing?

Repurpose means to use something again for a different purpose. Most people think of repurposing as recycling items they no longer want or need. For example, you can repurpose old clothing by turning them into rags or quilts. You can also repurpose household appliances such as an old fridge or freezer by using them in a new way. For example, if you have an old fridge that’s still working but just doesn’t fit in your kitchen anymore, consider turning it into a wine cooler or small bar area in your basement. In addition to saving money on buying new furniture, you’ll be able to re-use something that would otherwise be thrown away. When done correctly, repurposing saves both time and money!

The team at Sunrise Sanitation encourages you to recycle and reuse. For the rest of your garbage, we are here to help and provide both residential and commercial services. Learn more here!

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