Recycling usually refers to taking an old product and converting it to another product. A simple example is when they recycle paper and are able to turn it into a different form of paper.
Upcycling is when you take an old product and find another use for it. A very common example would be when people find old products and use them for various types of crafts.
The reality is there are so many ways we can upcycle old products which frequently results in less pollution, higher quality products and cheaper prices.
Look to see how you can upcycle whenever possible. It will help yourself and help the world
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