I am sure you are all aware what the basis of recycling means every time we fill our green/purple/blue recycling bin in the UK. Its the practice of taking an item that will then be broken down via a treatment or process with the end result being to reuse.
The dictionary outlines it as the following:
1.to treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse:recycling paper to save trees.
2.to alter or adapt for new use without changing the essential form or nature of:The old factory is being recycled as a theatre.
3.to use again in the original form or with minimal alteration:The governor recycled some speeches from his early days.
4.to cause to pass through a cycle again:to recycle laundry through a washing machine.
Upcycling on the other hand is as equally important in reducing our planets waste. It prevents an enormous volume of waste being sent to landfill. It also minimises the amount of resources we use, as we are reusing the items already readily available to us.
The bureau below has been upcycled from its dark stain to a vibrant poppy red. Although it has exactly the same use as it did before, a writing bureau, it has a much more modern and cosmetically pleasing look.
Upcycling does not have to be bright but it does have to be aesthetically pleasing to allow the piece to be enjoyed for more years to come. Sometimes it is not always to everyone’s taste. But then, being individual in our likes is what makes us all unique.
I enjoyed upcycling this sewing machine from its present state as a broken machine into a full working and extraordinary lamp.
It will make a beautiful edition to someones home.