Everyone has heard of recycling, but what about upcycling? Recycling is the process of turning waste into a reusable material or product. It involves taking common household items, such as paper, glass, and plastic, breaking down the materials, and using them to form another product that is often of lesser quality. Upcycling, on the other hand, is a very specific form of recycling that turns waste into a material or product that is of a higher quality. It might create an artistic value for the material and a second life. You do not need to send them to a recycling centre to be broken down if you want to upcycle. Instead, you just can use your creativity to figure out new ways to repurpose or redesign items.


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Hassan, A. 2020, 'Upcycling vs. recycling - a way to protect the environment during COVID-19 lockdown', EAUC The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education, 5 June. Available at: https://research-portal.uws.ac.uk/en/publications/4aeb43dd-2b81-4f38-903f-cee3a2842434

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