What Is Upcycling?

In the simplest terms the definition of upcycling is giving new life to old items which no longer have a purpose. It is a creative form of transforming items which do not serve their original purpose anymore into new items.

But you must be thinking isn’t this what recycling is ? I wondered that myself till I figured out the very basic definitions of each term. So here goes.

Recycling is the practice of reusing items that would otherwise be discarded as waste. There are two kinds of recycling; downcycling and upcycling. What we refer to as recycling today really is a component of recycling called downcycling. Downcycling involves breaking down the product into its constituent components to reuse anything. Example of this would be reuse of plastic bottles and bags in creating doormats or recycling of quality writing paper to create cardboards.

Upcycling on the other hand is the concept of taking a product or item which would normally go to waste or a landfill and transforming it into a completely new product generally of higher value and quality thus giving it new life.




Here at Upcykl we are taking donated denims and fabrics which were lying around unused in your closets, taking up space, waiting for their turn in the landfill and transforming them into beautiful, fashionable one of a kind denim clutches, sling bags and other products. We spend our time thinking of creative ways to combine these end of life items and generate something unique, useful and wonderful.



  • Hi Terri,
    Thank you so much for the lovely comment and for listing us on your website! We really appreciate the gesture and it’s great to come across like minded people in fashion..:)

  • It was so nice to hear you and your husband today at FGI. I have now listed you in my “Place to Go and People to Read” page of Meadowtreestyle.com. I’m a slow fashion blogger and was happy to learn that we have another “transformation” designer in the accessory world. Keep up the great work!

    Terri Gardner, Meadowtreestyle.com

    Terri Gardner

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