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noun [uncountable] upcycling pronunciation in American English /ˈʌpˌsaɪklɪŋ/
  1. 1
    the reuse of objects or materials to create a product of higher value or quality than the original
    These straitened times have meant that upcycling has never been more popular.
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    2
    the process of taking something that would be thrown away and turning it into something useful
    Keen entrepreneurs have built successful businesses on upcycling. Marty Stevens-Heebner founded Rebagz to make handbags out of juice packs and nylon rice sacks.
    Submitted from United Kingdom on 24/11/2009 13:39:00

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  verb [transitive]
Thrift shop curtains can be upcycled into surprisingly nice clothing.

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