upcycle

From the Sustainability Dictionary: A term coined by William McDonaugh and Michael Braungart. The process of converting an industrial nutrient (material) into something of similar or greater value, in its second life. Aluminum and glass, for example, can usually be upcycled into the same quality of aluminum and glass as the original products.

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Woman Transforms Thrift Shop Fashion Dolls Into ‘Real’ Girls

She is not the first to perform make-unders on discarded dolls -- fashion dolls in particular. But ever since Sonia Singh from Tasmania,…
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Southwest Airlines Upcycles 43 Acres of Plane Interior

Southwest Airlines' latest project-- LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose-- is a multi-phase sustainability program that partners with social enterprises in Nairobi, Kenya; the…
Models prepare to walk the runway in upcycled garments at Redress Raleigh's 2011 fashion show.

Upcycling: The New Wave of Sustainable Fashion

In a world still churning out trendy throw-away fashion pieces at breakneck speed, the idea of upcycled or refashioned apparel can be an…
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Walmart Rolls Out Upcycled Pet Products

Now Walmart will sell upcycled pet products made out of recycled plastic bags, PET bottles, and other materials, starting this month through a…

ReRides Takes Upcycling Out of the Green Ghetto

Sometimes the inspiration for a company comes from what’s right in front of you. In the case of Mike Gudgus, what was right…

Can an Instant Pop Up Store be Sustainable?

Look out, it’s nearly the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (now a month-long affair) and companies everywhere will be grasping at tenuous links…

Hello Rewind Project Gives New Life to Old T-Shirts and Sex Trafficking Survivors

Let’s face it.  Chances are pretty good you have an old t-shirt in your dresser that has seen better days, but for whatever…

Would You Ever Partner with a Cigarette Company?

Waste is a problem. We’ve been helping solve it, one piece at a time, via our collection brigades for years now. Literally billions…
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Recycle Match: The eBay of Recycling?

Waste. Every company creates it, in some form or another. For some materials, the path to recycling is clear – paper, plastics, and…

Looptworks – A New Way to Think About Sustainable Clothing

Take a look at the tag of the clothes you just got for Christmas. Where were they made? Most likely, Indonesia, Malaysia, India,…

TerraCycle Heads North with Kraft Canada

The end of this year has been a return to our roots for TerraCycle in many ways. First with the opening of our…

Opportunity Green Swag Report: Bamboo Utensils, Billboard Bags & Kor Water

Opportunity Green is off to a roaring start with some of the most thoughtful and engaging speakers in green business today. We’ll have…
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Re-Imagining the Scotch Tape Dispenser Without Changing it at All

If you’re reading this, it’s pretty likely you recycle. You sort. You do your best (most of the time) But what about those…
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Can a Global Company Be Local?

Globalization has long gotten a bad rap. And for good reason. So many companies arrogantly decide that, one way or another, what they…

Beyond Organic – Looptworks Upcycles Textile Waste into Treasures

Look at the shirt you’re wearing now. What do you think happened with the material cut to make that shirt? Despite likely making…