Difference Between Recycling and Upcycling

on June 10, 2022

At Tennessee Hippie, we love taking care of the planet, because it gives so much to us. There’s a lot of ways to do that, and two of the most popular are recycling and upcycling. They’re often used interchangeably, but they actually have different meanings.



Recycling is the process of breaking products down into their raw materials to be made into totally new things. A great widespread example of this is recycling plastic into durable plastic pallets that can be used for years. At Tennessee Hippie, we love to recycle using our artistic crayons, available in a bunch of different shapes and colors for the artists who care as much about Mother Earth as we do!

While recycling is great for the environment, it’s incredibly important to consider other types of reuse to minimize the impact that the resources we need for recycling has on the environment.


Upcycling, on the other hand, describes the process of taking old materials that may be headed for the landfill and making them part of another product without having to use resources to break down the raw materials.

We love upcycling because it gives us the artistic freedom to turn something old into something new and exciting. You’ll love our upcycled denim threads or the guitar string earrings, rings, and necklaces in our music-themed jewelry!

In a sense, upcycling allows us to create a tribute to the item that the material used to be a part of, keeping an old kind of charm to it while allowing the wearer to use it in a new and creative way.

Purchasing a recycled or upcycled product from Tennessee Hippie allows us to continue to make awesome environmentally-friendly products for the artists and hippies in all of us!


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