up cycle


verb (used with object), upcycled, upcycling.
to process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better than the original: I upcycled a stained tablecloth into curtains.
verb (used without object), upcycled, upcycling.
to process goods or material in this way.
Economics. a period or cycle during which business activity is at a high point: The whole industry has entered an upcycle.

2000–05; blend of up + recycle

upcycler, noun
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