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01 April 2022 Articles

What are Recyle, Upcycle and Downcycle? What's the difference?

Have you ever heard of Recycle, Upcycle and Downcycle? Do you know the meaning and difference between the three terms?

 

All three are efforts to process waste into the latest and most useful products. From each term "Daur" has different ways and processing.

 

Check out the following explanation to find out the meaning and difference of the three terms:

  1. Recycling (Recycle) is the process of breaking products into raw materials and then re-made into new goods with equal value. The term recycle with Upcycle is often confused, but has a difference between the two terms, namely if the recycle of the original goods is destroyed first and then formed into new goods.  For example, recycling leftover cloth or patchwork that will be broken down back into thread and can be reused for clothing materials.
  2. Recycling rise (Upcycle) is the process of processing waste into the latest product will have higher quality and have new benefits. While the difference in the upcycle is that the recycling process does not eliminate the original shape of the item. Many craft business have implemented upcycle activities by making handicraft bags based on food sachets and soap.
  3. Downcycle is recycling that decomposes materials into basic shapes so as to create new products that have low value and quality. For example, cardboard that is converted into toilet tissue. Because of the process of pouring the basic material, the quality of the resulting paper becomes lower.

 

Once we know the meaning, differences and application of the three "cycles" that we can do. Let's start making these good changes to save this earth from now on.

 

Sumber : Sustaination, zero waste Indonesia, waste4change

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