Definition of upcycle in English:


transitive verb

[with object]
  • Reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.

    ‘the opportunity to upcycle trash, or turn it into new products, was vast’
    • ‘The structure was primarily constructed using renewable and recycled materials as well as upcycling products for the furniture.’
    • ‘I am drawn to making little creatures - soft toys made out of upcycled or end of the line fabric remnants.’
    • ‘I love the idea of upcycling these pretty handmade things into new functional and groovy work.’
    • ‘She was also kind enough to send one of her beautiful upcycled cardigans.’
    • ‘I can read these and peruse the eye-candy of all these homes that upcycle and use vintage goods to create the most delicious spaces.’
    • ‘In nature, everything is constantly recycled or even "upcycled," say McDonough, the audacious architect who designed the roof gardens for Chicago's city hall.’
    • ‘While most of the waste produced within the Village will be managed by the AQUH system, as much waste as possible will be "up-cycled", thereby demonstrating how to turn a liability into a profit center for Village cottage industry.’
    • ‘It's very quick and easy. I can upcycle a worn-out ordinary shirt into a designer handprinted B.Earley one.’
    • ‘One of the most recent trends is for upcycled furniture.’
    • ‘They expect $8 million in revenue, with 20% to 30% coming from the upcycled products.’



/ˈəpˌsīk(ə)l/ /ˈəpˌsaɪk(ə)l/


1990s blend of up- and recycle.