40 Green and Creative Ways to Upcycle Glass, Paper, Plastic and Metals - Infographic

Humans are literally drowning in trash!

The rapidly-growing amount of waste is a critical environmental issue.

The average person creates 4.3 pounds of waste per day—added up, that’s a lot of

trash coming out of one household!

Not to mention that this number has only increased over the decades.

There are recycling programs in place to help, and many folks participate in that.

But what if you could do more quite simply, right in your own home?

Upcycling is one solution many are looking to to slow the creation of waste.

Upcycling vs Recycling

40 Green and Creative Ways to Upcycle Glass, Paper, Plastic and Metals - Infographic

Why consider upcycling?

According to the article “Recycling vs. Upcycling: What is the difference” upcycling is described

by some as reusing a material without degrading the quality and composition of the material for

its next use.

When plastic bottles are recycled, for instance, most often they cannot be turned back into

containers associated with anything that can be ingested due to the risk of things seeping

into the plastic.

As a result, these usually become carpets, or toys, or winter fleeces: things that will eventually

also become trash.

Recycling has simply prolonged the inevitable by stretching out our waste stream and made the

lifecycle costs of the material a bit less.

Upcycling represents a truly cyclical, balanced process that all industries and companies should

be aiming towards.

All of our products could be drastically changed if the beginning of their design started with the

goal of not having them end up in a landfill.