Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. For example:
Upcycling gives an item a better purpose. And while jimmying the lock on your car to is giving that hanger a new purpose, it’s not necessarily better or more beautiful. And the mangled hanger is likely destined for the trash, which is the opposite intent of upcycling.
Plain and simple, upcycling makes a positive impact on the environment. When you upcycle, you remove items from the global garbage stream. Upcycling instead of recycling is good too ; recycling requires energy or water to break down materials. Upcycling only requires your own creativity and elbow grease.