Recycle, Repurpose, Upcycle… What does it all mean?


This week’s post is provided by Laura from Little Bits of Granola who succinctly explains Recycle, Repurpose and Upcycle.
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Thank you Laura for allowing me to share your words.

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Reuse Terms DefinedRecycle, Repurpose, Upcycle…  You may have seen these terms being thrown around, especially if you are a Pinterest addict like me.  But do you really know what they mean?  Well you will in just a few minutes!

Let’s start by looking at the old adage Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.  These terms are generally self explanatory, but it doesn’t hurt to refresh.  Reduce, of course, means that you use less of something.  Reuse means that you use the same item over and over.  Recycle means you take an item and break it back down into raw material and then make it into a new product.  Take glass bottles for example.  Reducing would mean that you simply use fewer glass bottles.  Reusing means that you refill the same glass bottle over and over.   Recycling means the glass bottle is melted down and made into a new glass bottle (or some other glass…

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2 comments on “Recycle, Repurpose, Upcycle… What does it all mean?
  1. Laura says:

    I’m so glad you found this useful! Thank you for sharing. I hope your readers enjoy as well!


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