Updated: Jun 3
What Is Upcyling?
If you're the type of person who detests throwing away old items, and would rather save your junk and turn your unwanted objects into gorgeous DIY projects; then unbeknownst to you, you are an avid believer in the benefits upcycling. After all, one person's trash is another's treasure, right? Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and beautiful.
Recycling vs. Upcyling…what’s the difference?
Upcyling is becoming increasingly popular among millennials concerned about climate change. Recycling is great but it requires energy and resources to collect, sort and process unwanted items and waste. Upcycling is an even greener way of recycling; because you find a new purpose for your unwanted items before you chuck them away. The focus is taking disposable items and turning them into something useful. Recycling takes consumer materials (plastic, paper, metal and glass) and breaks them down so their base materials can be remade into a new consumer product, often of lesser quality. When you upcycle an item, the item isn’t broken down its base materials; you refashion it, because it’s still made of the same raw materials as when you started. Also, the upcycled item is typically better or the same quality as the original. Recycling requires energy or water to break down materials. With upcycling the only energy being used is your own and the resources used are what you need to convert your item.
Get Started Today!
Show your support for the upcycling movement and a green lifestyle! Sort through your closets or recycling bin and create items yourself using just about anything. You can turn any unwanted item like; wine bottles, cans, newspapers, milk cartons, tires, suitcases, jeans, you name it. If you no longer have a use for it, upcycle it! If you don’t feel as though you have the creative gene to create unique upcycled products then support the movement by helping out businesses that upcycle. c.HAIR.i.TEE® is an American owned company that upcycles t-shirts and other fabrics into unique and creative headbands and hair ties. At c.HAIR.i.TEE® we believe that you don't have to sacrifice style, quality, or comfort to live sustainably. Support the c.HAIR.i.TEE® movement by donating your gently used clothing so that we can upcycle it into fabulous hair ties. All our products are made from recycled, reclaimed, renewable materials, and are designed and produced with the lowest possible impact on the earth. True sustainability is only achieved when every step in the process is carried out with dignity and respect for people and the planet.