Yep! I like the term “upcycle” so much that I am making it work within the context of what I do for a living (digital marketing). No longer will I use the terms “repurpose,” “tune” or “tweak” when speaking about content.

Wait. Wait. Wait. “but what the hell is upcycle” you ask? Great question!

There are varying definitions (just search the web). Simply put (by me), it’s when you take elements of an item(s) to create something completely different that becomes more valuable than the original.

Upcycling is a term I’ve heard most used in the crafting/Etsy world. One of the most awesome examples of upcycling I’ve seen is the work done by Enlightened Platypus.

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Her sweaters are spectacular. AND, they are far more interesting, creative and valuable than the original bits she so creatively used to execute her vision.

If we recycle to get rid of something (because it no longer has a use), we upcycle to reimagine it. It’s the difference between working with “junk” versus “recovered” materials. The difference between being a garbage man and being an artist. Just semantics, I know… but semantics matter in my world. I was reminded of this fact just this morning while partaking of MarketingProfs University’s Content Marketing Crash Course. Ann Handley and CC Chapman spoke directly to the importance of “reimagining” content instead of recycling it. That instantly made me think of upcycling.

Hence, from this day forward, I will no longer talk about how to simply recycle content. no. no. Instead, I will speak to the importance of upcycling content to reimagine it. Join me!

–H