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Editorial 9


"Upcycling vs. Recycling"

October 3rd, 2019 | Mindfulness 


Although they’re seen as two separate things, upcycling is actually a form of recycling. 

The proper definition for recycling is “the process of turning waste into a reusable material or product.” Upcycling, more specifically, utilizes used materials and waste to create a higher quality product. 

Recycling can take a used plastic bottle to create another plastic bottle. Upcycling will use discarded scraps of fabric to create a beautiful leather bag, just like we do an Opus Mind! 

One main difference between recycling and upcycling is that recycling can’t be done completely alone. Once you dump a recyclable in a recycling bin, it is collected and processed at your local recycling center. That is where they take those materials and turn it into a reusable resource. 

Upcycling, on the other hand, CAN be done alone. For example, if you were to finish a bottle of wine with friends, and then decided to use the empty bottle as a flower pot, that would count as upcycling.


Photography by Irina Rozovsky

What’s the point of doing either, you ask?

Upcycling and recycling reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills! It also reduces the amount of natural resources used and our need to create new materials. Ultimately, both of these benefits result in less pollution and carbon emissions that are extremely harmful to our planet. 

Do you want to do your part in helping the environment? Check out our upcycled leather bag creations!