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 While Lunaz Applied Technologies will upcycle and re-engineer specialist industrial fleet vehicles and converts them to electric powertrain. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Asked to upcycle an unloved tee, Cheng decided the best option would be to dye it with natural materials. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 20 Apr. 2021 The project is an ambitious venture aiming to disrupt the existing supply chain and introduce new, effective protocols to recycle and upcycle the ever-growing deadstock. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2021 Engineers, specialty food creators, performers and vintage vendors — who upcycle or recycle clothing — also are part of the event, billed as the state’s largest locally focused arts festival and presented by Harmons. Zoi Walker, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Aug. 2020 But there are lots of other ways to upcycle your Apple tablet or phone and keep using it every day. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 25 May 2020 Have your children grab an old pair of jeans and upcycle them into a lunch bag. Andrea Silen, National Geographic, 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, 17 May 2019 What better way to upcycle old shipping pallets then by displaying your liquor collection on them? Good Housekeeping, 15 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of upcycle

1994, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of upcycle was in 1994

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11 Jun 2021

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“Upcycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upcycle. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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