Upcycling, Recycling, and Downcycling – What’s the difference?

Upcycling, recycling, and downcycling visualized

Not all recycling is equal. In fact, there are three types of recycling that are more – or less – effective at renewing the value and quality of the material in question. These three types, in order of decreasing effectiveness, are upcycling, recycling, and downcycling. Here’s what each of them are. Continue reading “Upcycling, Recycling, and Downcycling – What’s the difference?”

The Circular Economy: More than Just ‘Recycling Better’

linear vs recycling vs circular economy

All too frequently the terms ‘recycling’ and ‘circular economy’ are understood as interchangeable concepts. We often think of moving towards a circular economy as simply getting better at recycling – and while this notion isn’t entirely off the mark, it is important to understand that the circular economy involves so much more.

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5 Examples of Innovative Circular Initiatives

By principle of a circular economy, no material should ever drop out of the process but should instead be routed back into the cycle. So as a direct result, businesses can get more value out of their products and the materials used to manufacture them. Following are five ways businesses can achieve this, demonstrated with real case examples of companies who’ve showed the world how it can be done.

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