Definition of downcycle
- Other companies that claim to recycle carpet actually “downcycle” it, taking used carpet, chopping it up, and reusing it in lower-grade products such as carpet backing.
- —Hunter L. Lovins and Amory B. Lovins, Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy, 22 Dec. 2000
- Traditional recycling is sometimes described as downcycling because the quality of the material degrades with each life cycle. Recycled paper isn't as nice as newly printed paper; recycled steel isn't as strong as newly forged steel.
- —Paul McFedries, IEEE Spectrum, October 2008