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  • verb Present participle of downcycle.

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Examples

  • Transforming bottles into fabric, while it sounds like alchemy, is actually called downcycling: turning something difficult to make (in this case, impermeable hard plastic) into something easy to make

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  • Another complaint about recycling is that it often isn’t even recycling but is actually something called downcycling.

    THE STORY OF STUFF

  • Another complaint about recycling is that it often isn’t even recycling but is actually something called downcycling.

    THE STORY OF STUFF

  • Another complaint about recycling is that it often isn’t even recycling but is actually something called downcycling.

    THE STORY OF STUFF

  • Another complaint about recycling is that it often isn’t even recycling but is actually something called downcycling.

    THE STORY OF STUFF

  • Plastic can be processed back into oil to make new plastic without the "downcycling" inherent in current technology.

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  • Plastic can be processed back into oil to make new plastic without the "downcycling" inherent in current technology.

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  • There's no research on this yet; some chemists have concerns about turning high-grade paper into toilet tissue downcycling.

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  • True recycling achieves a circular closed loop production process (a bottle into a bottle into a bottle), while downcycling just makes Stuff into a lower-grade material and a secondary product (a plastic jug into carpet backing).

    THE STORY OF STUFF

  • At best, downcycling reduces the need for virgin ingredients for the secondary item, but it never reduces the resources needed to make a replacement for the original item.

    THE STORY OF STUFF

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  • The practice of recycling a material in such a way that much of its inherent value is lost (e.g. recycling plastic into park benches).

    (Obtained from www.braungart.com/terminology.htm)

    November 25, 2007