Now that you’ve learned what upcycling is why it should be done vs. recycling how you can get involved in more of it happening and what some inventive companies are doing with it I’ve got a question for you: What’s next?
All these wonderful products being created are great, but they aren’t yet on a scale to make an appreciable dent in the amount of waste thrown away. We at Terracycle have made deals with many companies to collect and make products from their packaging, but I’m the first to say that is not enough. It needs to happen on a brand agnostic level. Anything of category x being taken back.
How can that be done by companies, when they to an extent need consistent source material to make products of similar appearance? Maybe the answer doesn’t lie just with companies. Maybe it’s with municipalities, state and federal government. What could they do to upcycle what’s currently just going to the dump. Diversion from there will save them money in having to expand the facilities currently running, or needing for find another site when one is full.
Back to companies. Can the process of making products with minimal or no reprocessing into other uses be done on such a scale that larger companies could consider taking on such an endeavor? I’d honestly like to know about each of these thoughts, as there is no “away” when you throw something away. Our population continues to grow. So it’s just good sense to start looking at how we can maximize the diversion of waste, while minimizing how much energy we use doing it.