Take the old and make it new - the benefits of upcycling.
From altering your old fashion items into something more stylish, or transforming your broken coffee table into a piece of wall art - upcycling cannot only save you some cash but also save the environment. Aside from decreasing the outrageous volumes of discarded materials and waste being sent to landfill each year, upcycling also reduces the demand for new items and thus all the negatives that come with product production such as pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and raw material extraction. Need more reasons to start upcycling your unwanted goods? Here are some of the incredible benefits of upcycling:
- Saving items when going into landfill
As a species, we have gotten used to mass manufacturing. This is why we feel no guilt buying things just to toss them away after a few months' use. Even if the original product is recyclable, plastics can only be downcycled once or twice before the product breaks down. Eventually, our recyclables may end up in a landfill, which can be harmful—especially if they aren’t biodegradable.
- Conserving limited resources
Upcycling existing resources means that we don’t have to use any new raw materials in the production process. This can go a long way for industries that consume a lot of resources—both natural and unnatural.
- Supporting local
Upcycling helps to support local businesses and industries - improving your local communities. By buying locally you are again also reducing the emissions that come from transporting your product.
- Celebrates unique and one-of-a-kind items
It doesn’t matter if you are upcycling things yourself or buying from another - it’s always great to collect or make items that you know are one of a kind.