WHAT IS REMAKE AND UPCYCLE?
WHEN IT COMES TO
THERE ARE A FEW
TO BE AWARE OF.
Below you will find a short presentation of some of
them and what sustainability should really be about.
REUSING is a good way to start, a term for when an item has been used and is then used again. It can for example take place through products being inherited from relatives or friends, or maybe through someone buying things second hand. This is the best way to get the most out of a product (if possible) and it's also darn good for the environment. Reusing might include minor changes or restorations, but the product remains the same.
REMAKING is a term for when a product is remade into another type or product. It could be put together with something else to give it a new function or sometimes just changed a bit to be useful in another way.
Some of us tend to consume a lot, often more than our fair share. That is why it is important that we know how to take responsibility for that and spread knowledge of how to make these things useful longer.
There are lots of new services where sharing and borrowing is promoted. If that is not an option, buying and selling pre-loved items is trendier than ever before.
This is a very good second option for when the objects aren't useful or cherished anymore. Remaking is time consuming and demands creativity. However the materials maintain their original quality, which is great.
RECYCLING is a very good thing, but it should never be the first solution. Recycling should ideally only be used for products which materials are worn-out and no longer restorable.
Materials that are recycled never come out on the other side in the same quality, that is sometimes referred to as DOWN CYCLING. Every time a material is recycled the quality becomes poorer, and finally it will reach a point where it is not possible to recycle again. Due to this factor the term UPCYCLING points out ways to give the product or material a higher worth and quality, and the importance of the right material in the right place.
Our everyday objects are often poorly designed using materials lasting for hundreds of years only to be used once or a few times. That is not sustainable, especially since some of them can't be recycled at all, do to too mixed materials or chemicals. A big burden is put on the shoulders of the consumer here, find an organisation you trust to guide you, and be critical.
The most important part to remember is:
First reuse, then remake and then recycle!
SUSTAINABILITY is not really about the planet, it is about us and the life we want for ourselves long term. It is more about health, creativity and quality of life than anything else.