At EcoTech Visions, we think about ways to not just continue on or expand a Greentech concept; we look for new and innovative options that have a definite benefit to the world around us.
From our location at EcoTech Visions in the Green Corridor of Miami, our goal is to provide innovators with the resources, support, and technology they need to become leaders in their area of expertise. One of the areas many of our members are focusing on is the use of upcycling in the Miami area as well as throughout South Florida and the rest of the company.Upcycling Definition
Upcycling is not the same as recycling, although it is not uncommon to hear people that are new to the concept to confuse or interchange the two processes. The term upcycling was first developed by William McDonough in his book “Cradle to Cradle,” which outlines how to use a product to continually cycle through the system, rather than becoming waste materials.
The goal of upcycling is to avoid the energy use and the waste or degradation that occurs through continual processes on a product. Recycling uses energy, and some of the material is lost over time, which makes it less than efficient. Eventually, all recycled materials degrade too far to be usable anymore, so they end us as landfill, which creates waste.The Upcycling Advantage
As upcycling does not recycle, there is no degradation over time. This means less need to create new material, less production pollution, lower energy use, and fewer things harvested from the earth to make new products.
Upcycling allows the original product to be used over and over again in the original form. It can also include using waste materials for different uses without modification to save energy and limit the need for additional new products. A good example of this would be refurbishing electronics rather than recycling them, or upcycling fabrics and clothes rather than discarding them.