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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of downcycle.


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  • Products designed with fewer, simpler, less-toxic, and more recyclable ingredients enable everything from carpets to car parts to be fully recycled at the end of their useful lives -- not simply "downcycled" into commingled, less-valuable materials.

    Joel Makower: The State of Green Business: Good News and Bad

  • Even in Europe, where PVC recycling is more advanced than in the United States, less than 3 percent of post-consumer PVC is recycled, and most of this is merely "downcycled" into other products which means there is no net reduction in the production of virgin PVC.

    CNS Magazine - Headline News

  • "The plastic used to create the bottles can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade and can't be recycled - it can only be 'downcycled' to a lower-grade plastic that isn't used for much," she said.


  • Consequently, many postconsumer feedstocks are "downcycled" into less-demanding applications.

    Machine Design -

  • "downcycled" into unrecyclable items like pipes or fence posts-so even recycling can't prevent landfills and oceans from piling up. this new discovery from scientists at IBM's Almaden Research Center and Stanford University is pretty fascinating.

    The New Republic - All Feed

  • "downcycled" like most plastics, being remade into something lesser, PLA can be endlessly turned into new PLA, Hirshberg said.

    Phillies Zone

  • And sometimes, recycled HDPE gets downcycled into other products like decking materials.

    Stiv J. Wilson: In Defense of Plastic Bag Bans

  • He is design lead at The Mighty House, creators of small, DIY, off-grid housing, and is soon launching Sparkler, hand-made home furnishings and textiles for the modern, green home†upcycled, downcycled and otherwise repurposed objects from our already overpopulated world of objects.

    Daniel Flahiff | Inhabitat

  • Plastic that is recovered is usually downcycled into a less pure product like fill for many reasons including the oliophillic nature of plastics they attract oil and so are often contaminated from food or other oily contents, and different melting points for different plastics making segregation of plastics vital, while many products are hybrids of different plastics with different melting points.

    Lisa Kaas Boyle: Did You Just Eat a Plastic Bag? How Plastic Pollution Has Entered Our Food Chain

  • The bins will mean Tim Hortons signature brown cups will be downcycled to roofing paper or cardboard boxes.

    Graham Hill: Toronto's Great Coffee Cup Debate Heats Up


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