Recycling Vs Upcyling



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: treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse:recycling paper to save trees. alter or adapt for new use without changing the essential form or nature of:The old factory is being recycled as a theatre. use again in the original form or with minimal alteration:The governor recycled some speeches from his early days. cause to pass through a cycle again:to recycle laundry through a washing machine.


In this respect, items that are to be recycled would not resemble their first form by the end of the process. A card board box would be turned into a mulch, a plastic bottle will be melted to plastic. Their raw materials would then be used to make a new item or product.
In 2014, the UK alone, generated 202.8 million tonnes of waste in 2014.
By 2020 the EU  has set a target to recycle at least 50% of the Uk’s waste. However a key point to note is that the recycling rate for ‘waste from households was 44.3 per cent in 2015, falling from 44.9 per cent in 2014. This has been the first time the rate has fallen since it begain in 2010. Are you doing you part to help improve this figure?
JBER turns landfill gas into energy
I will not go filling your mind with all the government statistics of the UK waste, but if you would like to check it out for yourself, click on this link, Government Statistics on waste Dec 2016
 Our planet is becoming vastly over crowded and the more we bury in landfill, the more damaging it will become to our environment. You do not need to be into tree hugging, to do your part for our planet, but you do need to take part.

Act Now!!!



1. to process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better than the original: I up-cycled a stained tablecloth into curtains.

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.

Which would you rather in your home? How does the colour make you feel?

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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.

If you are interested in seeing or  finding out more of what I can offer in regards to up-cycling please subscribe to my mailing list on this link, Amandas Treasures Mailing List. This way I can keep you up to date with all promotions and projects I run.
Happy Upcycling/recycling

Amanda x


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