I’d like to start by pointing out the following: I love the term ‘upcycling’! It sounds much better than recycling – far more fun and positive if you ask me. That being said, let’s have a look at a good example of upcycling.
This once was the gym floor of the Northglenn Recreation Center in Colorado. Being damaged and completely worn off, everyone assumed it would end at the dump. But luckily Wool Hat saw potential in the wood, and decided to give it new use. They created chairs, tables and desks from the gym floor which look really cool!
Besides the fact that the wooden gym floor has a new purpose (being a chair, table or whatever) – Wool Hat also managed to create a product with a story behind it. Even though it’s only a gym floor, I’m sure there’s some dirt to be told about what happened there.
Why is it cool? First of all it is a creative way of giving purpose to old ‘stuff’. Secondly it is personal and a relatable product for everyone (everyone has gym memories – albeit bad or good).
PS: for who’s wondering with me what the exact difference between recycling and upcycling is, here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it:
The main difference between upcycling and recycling is making something of equal or better value without downgrading the original material or creating more pollution during the process. For example the quality of recycled paper is lower than that of new paper and the same holds true with recycled plastics.
Just so you know.