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Understanding Quality in Upcycled Products

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The current linear economy of ‘take, make, use and dispose’ has caused tremendous negative environmental impacts including resource scarcity, a large volume of waste, increased use of energy and therefore increased level of greenhouse gas emissions. As an alternative to the linear economy, a circular economy has emerged, and academics, industries, governments and intergovernmental organisations have paid attention to a variety of ways to reutilise used or waste materials and products. Upcycling is one promising approach to such resource reutilisation. It is typically defined as a process of keeping or increasing the value or quality of the used or waste materials and products, giving a second life to the compositional elements. The terms, value and quality, are often used to define upcycling in different pieces of the literature, but how exactly value or quality should be understood in the context of upcycling has not yet been fully investigated. This chapter discusses how one could understand quality in upcycled products in a comprehensive manner.

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Sung, K., Mahajan, D. (2021). Understanding Quality in Upcycled Products. In: Sung, K., Singh, J., Bridgens, B. (eds) State-of-the-Art Upcycling Research and Practice . Lecture Notes in Production Engineering. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-72640-9_22

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