What is Upcycling ? Why it’s important ?
« Upcycling or the art of waste recovery »
Upcycling is part of an eco-responsible approach. This movement aims to reduce the amount of new waste through the recovery and transformation of the latter.
environnetal benefits of Upcycling
A collective awareness.
A Columbia University study estimates that Americans throw out 7 pounds of materials per person every day –that’s 2,555 pounds of materials per American every year.
Plastic bottles, over-packaged food, bags of individual cakes, all this unnecessary waste constitute the majority of products available in supermarkets.
Many local businesses have implemented zero waste alternatives, thanks to bulk purchases and package free-shops.
A significant reduction in waste.
The fashion industry is one of the most polluting in the world. Many brands are becoming aware of the situation and are offering product-based products to end up in the trash. This collective awareness leads us to turn more and more towards equitable and ethical alternatives.
The economy of the second hand takes an increasingly important place in our daily lives. The trend is pushing us to consume less but better. Broken objects will be repaired or donated for processing. When you want to renew your wardrobe, we favor the thrift stores or applications like Vinted or United Wardrobe to buy new clothes.
We avoid depleting natural resources.
Water is one of the most wasted resources because of our daily habits. In fact, it takes about 8,000 liters of water to make jeans and about 20,000 liters for a cotton t-shirt.
Reducing meat consumption also has a huge impact on the depletion of natural resources. I let you know how much water is needed to produce our daily food.
The social and economic benefits of Upcycling
We support local producers and artisans.
Consuming in a fairer and more environmentally friendly way drives us to support local artisans and producers. We go less and less in supermarkets to support small neighborhood bulk grocery stores. When a piece of clothing is punctured, we do not stop at Zara but at the local seamstress to fix it. All these small habits have a strong impact on the growth of small local shops.
The personal benefits of Upcycling
We are saving more money
According to the INSEE , the average European consumer spends about 767 euros a year for clothes. But we usually wear only 30% of our wardrobe …
Prioritizing the purchase of second-hand clothing can be very good for the planet but also for the wallet. The same goes for furniture and appliances. Many Emmaus boutiques are packed with low-cost furniture that is easy to give a second life.
We are gaining new skills.
Before an object was broken, it was immediately thrown in the trash.
Today, there are many places to learn how to repair items like the Repair Café & amp; other associations. It is also possible to take courses in Joinery, Couture and Electronics to learn how to recycle our everyday objects. & Nbsp;
Thanks to this approach, we gain skills while giving a second life to these objects to be thrown away.
We create unique pieces & objects.
One of the coolest things about Upcycling is knowing how to create unique items from discarded items.
At a time when our consumption habits are always going faster, Upcycling is driving us to stop using and take the time to create and recycle.