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The first recorded use of the term upcycling was by Reiner Pilz in an interview by Thornton Kay of Salvo in 1994.
The term upcycling was also used by William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their 2002 book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. They state that the goal of upcycling is to prevent wasting potentially useful materials by making use of existing ones. This reduces the consumption of new raw materials when creating new products. Reducing the use of new raw materials can result in a reduction of energy usage, air pollution, water pollution and even greenhouse gas emissions.
Upcycling has seen an increase in use due to its current marketability and the lowered cost of reused materials.
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review by . March 11, 2010
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The term upcycling hit the mainstream due to William McDonough and Michael Braungart, authors of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.  Upcycling simply means taking something that seemed to be destined for the trash and turn it into something useful. This results in less waste and even can save money through reusing and not having to buy again.        An example of upcycling is the photo on the right.  It is a handbag that is made from …
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