Definitions

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  • v. To convert (waste materials etc.) into new materials or products of higher quality and greater functionality.

Etymologies

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Blend of up and recycle

Examples

  • Closet Swap encourages teens who will mostly be girls to share and 'upcycle' clothes between friends, rather than relying on cheap, semi-disposable fashion that often targets teenagers with limited funds.

    Isn't Channel 4 Education worth more than £5m?

  • A little late, but if you still have those yellow pages, this might be a way to "upcycle" them:

    Laminate them and turn them into bedside tables

  • Vancouver, British Columbia-based designer Ashley Watson scours thrift stores for leather to "upcycle" into her bags and accessories.

    Fast Company

  • You can transform an ugly piece of fabric into a usable one - paint, dye, bleach and more are great ways to "upcycle" fabric.

    Blisstree

  • Designer/artist Rebecca Yaker - noted for refashioning sock monkey dolls into chic apparel-shows how to "upcycle" your clothes into new and delightful attire.

    Today at the Walker Art Center

  • We are of the opinion that the last few years have not been “just an economic upcycle” in the commodities space but rather that the upcycle finally exposed the years of under-investment in the mining space which has resulted in a severe supply/demand imbalance.

    Maul Scale | SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Collectibles

  • Now that shipping container homes are super hip, designers are concocting new ways to upcycle existing materials into dwellings -- say for instance, liquid container semis!

    Bridgette Meinhold | Inhabitat

  • "These key investments reflect our strong belief that we are on the verge of a major upcycle in spending by our customers and will be a necessary step to meet our growth, return and margin goals," he said.

    Halliburton Profit More Than Doubles on North America Rebound

  • His team has identified 50 companies most likely to participate in this payout upcycle.

    Looking for Income? Find the Big Dividends.

  • On the whole, we would expect such a measure to reduce the likelihood of a sharp rise in prices in the near future, and view this as good for the sector as it would enhance the sustainability of the current upcycle.

    Hong Kong Property Sector Falls

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