What is Upcycling?

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality, for better environmental value.

The goal of upcycling is to prevent wasting potentially useful materials by making use of existing ones. This reduces the consumption of new raw materials when creating new products. Reducing the use of new raw materials can result in a reduction of energy usage, air pollution, water pollution and even greenhouse gas emissions. When you upcycle, your remove items from the global garbage stream.
Our goal at Junk Recyclers and the Regeneration Station is to reuse, restore or recycle. Upcycling accomplishes two out of the three — reuse and restore.

How does upcycling differ from recycling?

Recycling requires energy to break down materials; upcycling only requires creativity.

The Regeneration Station redefines up cycling. 

Upcycling projects have traditionally been art-, craft- or DIY project-oriented. Even The Today Show, on NBC, has an Upcycle expert. While fun, these products invoke little environmental impact. The Regeneration Station’s efforts go beyond cork coasters and soda can garlands. The Regeneration Station’s team of highly talented and creative craftspeople transforms crates into coffee tables. Wooden pallets into designer walls. Reclaimed barn wood into handcrafted cabinetry.

Up Cycled Furniture Asheville

If you are feeling creative, you can check out diynetwork.com. Great source for tons of ideas on everything from furniture to lighting to space saving.  If you have something you’d like upcycled – but you can’t do it yourself – contact us and we can see if we can upcycle it for you.