Upcycled vs. Recycled

After spending some time on Pinterest, I’m fascinated at all of the pins of upcycled and recycled crafts, clothing and household items. It’s amazing how talented some people are:  a person who can “envision” a couch by just looking at a stack of used pallets. I’ve also noticed how the term “upcycle” has made it’s way around the interweb. I had to stop for a second and ask, “What is the difference between “upcycling” and “recycling”? After a little research, the blog Intercon gives a fairly great explanation, complete with a picture diagram:

Recycle vs. Upcycle

You can see that an upcycled item “one-up’s” a recycled item by putting it back up at the beginning of  the supply chain, and removing it from the possibility of ending up in a landfill somewhere down the line. To be classified as an upcycled item is a daunting task, to take something used and make it “new” again. But, these bold companies show that not only is upcycling a great concept, but you can make some pretty damn cool stuff too:

mens upcycled hoodie by LooptworksLooptworks www.looptworks.com

This company uses preconsumer excess fabrics and materials to create their mens and womens clothing.

REcreate Designs– www.recreatedesigns.com

Company based in Madison, WI that uses thrifted clothing and fabric scraps to make womens and childrens clothing, accessories and books.

Do you know of any other emerging companies that are basing their goods on the idea of “upcycling”? Share your insight with us!