What is upcycling?

The upcycling method, or upward re-processing, is defined as bringing waste back into the consumption chain through design by placing it higher up in the chain than it previously was – this includes environmental as well as commercial and aesthetical value – while also accounting for the product’s future. (McDonough & Braungart, 2002). In other words, upcycling is taking something of little or no value (“waste”) and redesigning it to add value.

What is UPMADE®?

UPMADE® is a design method and manufacturing certification that applies upcycling on an industrial scale. Through clever design and production, brands and manufacturers can reduce the amount of textile waste they produce. And you can feel good knowing that you are supporting businesses that are reducing the toll of consumption on our planet.