You’ve heard of recycling and you’ve most definitely heard of bicycling, but have you heard of upcycling?
We here at Ugli are big fans of upcycling – it is the foundation of our building, in fact. If you come along to the Ugli Campus for a visit, you’ll find most of our furniture is upcycled – from the tables in the Big Room to the bookshelf in the Room To Think.
Upcycling is a great way to turn old and discarded material into something useful and often beautiful. You can upcycle just about anything: wine bottles, cans, newspapers, tires, and suitcases. If you no longer have a use for it, upcycle it!
Here are some interesting facts about upcycling:
- The term ”upcycling’ began to gain traction in the mid 90s
- William McDonough and Michael Braungart’s book ‘Cradle to Cradle: remaking the Way We Make Things’ brought the term into the public eye
- McDonough and Braungart were pioneers in the field of upcycling
- Upcycling is designed to work in opposition to consumer culture
- It benefits the environment, by promoting reuse over discarding whenever possible.
- Factories have long used innovative upcycling techniques to ensure that nothing they handle goes to waste
So, why aren’t you upcycling already? Here are some of our creations!
You can find more pictures on our Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/uglilovely/up-cycling-ugli/