To inject new and higher value to a used, and possibly discarded, product through design.
Cradle to Cradle considerations to minimise use of resources.
- It can be difficult to ensure clean material fractions.
- Access to and development of up-cycling supportive technology are limited.
- It can be difficult to define what ‘higher value’ is.
Patagonia’s fleece jumpers is made of old plastic bottles (https://www.patagonia.com/recycled-polyester.html).
The company, Econyl collects nylon waste and processes it into new fibers and products (http://www.econyl.com).
In the initiative, Nike Grind old sneaker soles are transformed into turf surface material (http://www.nikegrind.com/).
The material Newspaperwood from Vij5 is made out of old compressed newspapers (http://vij5.nl)
- Cassidy & Han (2013). Upcycling Fashion for Mass Production, in: Gardetti & Torres (Eds.). Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles: Values, Design, Production and Consumption. Greenleaf Publishing, pp. 148–163.
- McDonough & Braungart (2013). The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance, North Point Press.