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Upcycling - Why We Need It

Mark Guerino

For those of you out there that haven’t heard the term “upcycling” yet, we’re here to help. The good thing is, it’s not as complicated as one would think. Upcycling is a lot like recycling, a term we’re all familiar with. Recycling is the process of converting things into reusable material or returning material to its previous stage in a cyclic process. Upcycling is pretty much the same, with a key difference. Upcycling is reusing discarded objects or material in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.

We’re not here to say that upcycling is better or worse than recycling, just different. However, since everybody knows about recycling, we just want to get the word out there and inform about upcycling.

To upcycle is to get closer to a cyclical economy, which will be the subject of our next post. You know, one thing at a time here.

Basically, we all know that our world is facing a lot of issues right now. The number one concern at the moment is climate change. However, our trash problem is often overlooked. For those of us in the United States, every generation alive at the moment was born into a single-use society. We are constantly throwing away items without thinking of the true value of the product.

This is where 2nd Ground is trying to change the game. We take post-brewed coffee grounds from coffee shops (normally just thrown away) and utilize them in our soaps. We layer out the soaps with the grounds all to one side, giving you an exfoliating side, and a lather side. This allows you to pick and choose when to exfoliate and when to clean, all while you are upcycling!

2nd Ground hopes to inspire others to follow suit. We strive to show people that there is more to waste products than meet the eye. We need to start “using the whole animal” when it comes to all of the products we consume. That’s why the cup that our soaps come in can be used as a soap dish!

We just need to start changing our economy into something sustainable. We’re starting to see some changes, but it needs to be accelerated. Feel free contact us with your upcycling ideas!