Well according to Associated Content, recycling involves chemical transformation procedures. For example, through a chemical process, old plastic bottles can be turned into a durable fabric. On the other hand, trimming down the front of a cereal box and binding it into a notebook cover requires only physical processes, and therefore by this definition would be considered upcycling.
That's seems simple enough so here is a treasury of some very crafty upcyclers!
- On The Bead has created Steampunk Cufflinks from watch movements
- Now how could I not include these 'Repurposed Envelopes' of the wonderful Where the Wild Things Are?
- To keep a haby theme Amalia Versaci has used vintage zipper slides to make a pair of studs.
- Upcycling vinyl billboard into bags & wristlets like Seen1 has done is proving very popular.