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What is upcycling?

Upcycling is the process of converting discarded materials into something useful, giving it new life.*

By utilizing materials that would other wise be thrown away, considered garbage and sent to a landfill or incinerated, upcycling makes a positive impact on the environment.

Everything we make here at Looptworks is created from excess materials that would have otherwise been considered waste. The textile and fashion industry is notorious for throwing away high quality materials, simply because it is simply easier to dispose of it than store it.

Transforming waste materials into beautiful products of greater value is upcycling at its finest. Not only is it repurposing with a purpose, it is saving the Earth’s resources. Through the process of upcycling, we are taking steps toward a better, healthier environment.

However, as a manufacturer, we're only part of the equation. The act of choosing to purchase an upcycled product over a product made of virgin materials is what creates momentum towards the upcycling movement. 

*But isn't that just recycling? Well, no. 

How is upcycling different from recycling?

We're glad you asked. In fact, we wrote a whole blog post about the differences between upcycling, downcycling and recycling.

Or click here to read more on how Looptworks products conserve water, and how we calculate water conservation.

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