William McDonough and Michael Braungart, authors of Cradle to Cradle, defined “upcycling” (a term coined by Swiss archtect Walter Stahel) as creating useful products from waste materials. Upcycling helps to lessen the use of new, raw materials when making original products and, in turn, reduces energy use, air and water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Anyone can go to the store and buy the latest fashion craze or make something out of fresh, unused materials. But it takes artistic insight and a heart to save the planet, and to make beautiful items from things lying in a recycling bin or landfill. St. Louisans Samantha Miller and Rachel Shelton both display that creativity and passion… right here in the Gateway City.
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