Upcycling is the process of converting discarded materials into something of equal or greater value. For example, leftover scraps of material – also called excess – could be transformed through a low energy process into a new product of better value than the original material. An example of upcycling would be turning an unused t-shirt into a bag by re-cutting it. This is a low energy process, but still creates something new.
Upcycling prolongs the life of materials and significantly reduces the need for additional resources such as water and energy. Upcycling is considered a recycling technique, yet generally ‘recycling’ requires a technical process that transforms back to the state of the original material.
=> At Smateria, leather and plastic waste are upcycled.