Up-cycling is the process of transforming materials destined to be destroyed into new products of higher value and environmental purpose. Reusing waste without destroying it takes far less energy than breaking it down to be remade into something new. In our world of designed and perceived obsolescence, giving items a second and third life is great for the planet and great for our well-being.
1. Conserves the environment
Up-cycling reduces the amount of waste that is dumped in the landfills. Some waste materials contain dangerous chemicals, which can cause soil degradation. If these chemicals find their way to water bodies, they cause water pollution. A landfill that is full of waste is definitely an eyesore.
Apart from land and water pollution, solid waste can also cause air pollution. During the process of decomposition, a foul smell may begin to emanate from the solid waste. While burning may seem to be the best alternative for managing waste, it may end up causing further pollution as some gases produced during combustion end up causing air pollution. Up-cycling provides an environment-friendly alternative of dealing with such waste.
2. Conserves the limited resources
To put it into a proper perspective, imagine the value of wood that is going to waste when you decide to dump your furniture. This does not only apply to wood only but also to other precious items whose supply can diminish. Up-cycle eliminates the need to use fresh raw materials to manufacture new products.
3. Reduce the cost of production
As a business, upcycling can help you to minimise the cost of production. Let’s assume that you run a furniture workshop. One of the most expensive factors of production that you need is wood. Do you know that you can still build some items using wood pellets? This is what upcycling is all about-turning waste into something meaningful.
Through up-cycling, the cost of production can be drastically reduced. The reduction of production cost automatically optimises the profit margins.
4. Supporting local industries
Up-cycling helps to support local businesses and industries. Some entrepreneurs depend on waste to come up with eccentric products. By using this method of waste management, you will be making some contributions towards the survival and growth of such businesses.
5. Encourages creativity and innovation
Have you ever asked yourself why products from up-cycling are always unique and stylish? It takes a lot of creativity to come up with a meaningful item from the waste. This method of waste management encourages all the stakeholders to be creative and also innovative.