is a component of sustainability in which the use of waste
materials to provide new products
. It is generally a reinvestment in the environment. This process allows for the reduction of waste and use of virgin materials.
"Upcycling is the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value."
The term upcycling was coined by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, authors of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.