The Eco-value “Recycled Material” enables you to identify products that are manufactured from reused materials and are ecological by this mean.
Reuse has two major ecological consequences:
- reducing the volume of waste, and therefore the pollution they cause (some materials take decades, even centuries to degrade, such as plastic bags);
- preservation of natural resources, since the recycled material is used instead of the one that should have been extract or produce again.
Two concepts of reusing: recycling and upcycling
Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.
What is the difference between upcycling or recycling?
In both cases, an object at the end of its life is reused into a different object. But where the recycling process creates a chemical process, and by this use of water, energy … the Upcycling don’t use chemically modified materials.
Upcycling for the SMATERIA brand: black plastic bags cut into strips then hand-crocheted, motorbike vinyl seats recycled and leather offcuts from a furniture factory reused to make beautiful bags!
As its name indicates Angkor Bullet Jewellery produces brass jewellery from molten metal of bullet cartridges and shells.