Upcycling is a method in which old or discarded materials are converted into something reusable.

The difference between upcycling and recycling is simple. Recycling takes consumer materials such as plastic, paper, metal, and glass and breaks them down so that they can be made into a new consumer product (usually of lesser quality). When you upcycle an item you aren’t breaking down ant materials, just purely refashioning it.  Additionally the quality of the upcycled item has same or even better quality than the original.

Upcycling is beneficial towards the environment because the act saves or removes materials from the waste system. It also requires less energy than recycling and encourages innovative thought process

People who upcycle can take part in a plethora of upcycle projects, depending on skill and comfort ability level. You can upcycle almost anything, including wine bottles, jeans, wire hangers, etc.

Here are some links to examples of innovative upcycling projects:

Teacup Tiebacks for Curtain

Necktie Glasses Case

Keyboard Key Ring

Chalk Painted Clipboard