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In repurpose, by reusing discarded goods or components adapted for another function, the material gets a distinct new life cycle (i.e. plastics used in handbags). Converting old or discarded materials into something useful allows to return them into the economy retaining some of its value, if not all its value.
From a user perspective, repurpose allows to add singularity through design or a new function as they obtain a ‘one-of-a-kind’ items, by purchasing unique pieces.
From a production perspective, repurpose enables financial savings, through reduced cost of production by obtaining reclaimed material, or the reduction of waste generation and associated treatment requirements.
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Upcycling garment waste into shoes and bags
Philippines | 2018