up·​cy·​cle | \ ˈəp-ˌsī-kəl How to pronounce upcycle (audio) \
upcycled; upcycling

Definition of upcycle

transitive verb

: to recycle (something) in such a way that the resulting product is of a higher value than the original item : to create an object of greater value from (a discarded object of lesser value) The line upcycles single-use plastic bags that are cleaned and brought in from Bali, Indonesia, and parts of California for use as the main material in the shoes. In the company's first year more than 175,000 plastic bags were reused to create footwear and accessories.— Melissa Magsaysay

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Other Words from upcycle

upcycling noun

Examples of upcycle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But there are lots of other ways to upcycle your Apple tablet or phone and keep using it every day. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Cookbook, reader, security camera: Here are 10 creative uses for an old iPad or iPhone," 25 May 2020 Have your children grab an old pair of jeans and upcycle them into a lunch bag. Andrea Silen, National Geographic, "Activities to teach kids about climate change," 10 Mar. 2020 Featuring a slew of emerging designers, many of whom who upcycle their goods, the pop-up will run until June 8. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Poche Studio Is the Fashion Brand Making Bucket Hats Inspired by Cakes," 17 May 2019 What better way to upcycle old shipping pallets then by displaying your liquor collection on them? Good Housekeeping, "This Shipping Pallet Bar Cart Is So Easy You Can DIY It In a Weekend," 15 Aug. 2018 Since 2013, students at Pratt Institute have had to upcycle clothes into new designs. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Today’s Chic Look? ‘Upcycled’ Clothes," 14 Apr. 2018 Whiskertin originated when Novak, who had been in the heating, venting and air conditioning business for two decades, saw a leftover piece of pipe and wanted to upcycle it into a light fixture. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, "Akron's Whiskertin Lighting opens new showroom (photos)," 11 Apr. 2018 On Sunday, March 11 at the Manchester Historical Society's Cheney Homestead on Hartford Road, visitors got a hands-on opportunity to upcycle their own old cloth rags into a community rag rug project. Annie Gentile, Courant Community, "Rag Rug Project Upcycles Old Cloth," 22 Mar. 2018 Novak had been in the heating, venting and air conditioning business for two decades when a leftover piece of pipe sparked the idea to attempt to upcycle it into a light fixture. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, "Rock 'n' roll meets industrial decor in Akron's Whiskertin Lighting (photos)," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of upcycle

1994, in the meaning defined above

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“Upcycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upcycle. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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