Upcycling is a relatively new term within the sustainability community and is often mistaken for recycling. Recycling is simply reusing an item while degrading the quality and sending it down the supply chain. Upcycling is using a material that has little or no use and is reused to create a product or greater quality and use. Transitions2Earth upcycles bagasse and avocado seeds to create several of our products. We upcycle bagasse to make all of our plates. Bagasse is is the dry, fibrous residue remaining after the extraction of juice from the crushed stalks of sugarcane. Creating plates out of Bagasse, a material that would be discarded and unused, is an example of upcycling. Several of our utensils are created from plastic made from avocado seeds. Every year, 300,000 tons of avocado waste is generated with the seed representing 16-20% of the weight of an avocado. The waste is either burned or placed directly into a landfill without use. Transitions2earth, in partnership with AvoPlast, produces utensils from plastic created from upcycled avocado seeds. Upcycling is crucial from a sustainable perspective because it reduces the amount of waste we produce and reduces the need for new material to be harvested. In the case of plastics, there will be less oil wells drilled and less expended energy.
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