A review on upcycling: Current body of literature, knowledge gaps and a way forward

dc.cclicenceCC-BY-NC-NDen
dc.contributor.authorKyungeun Sungen
dc.contributor.authorSung, Kyungeunen
dc.date.acceptance2015-02-01en
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-18T09:49:23Z
dc.date.available2017-10-18T09:49:23Z
dc.date.issued2015-04-13
dc.descriptionThis work was undertaken in Sustainable Consumption Research Group at Nottingham Trent University.en
dc.description.abstractUpcycling is a process in which used materials are converted into something of higher value and/or quality in their second life. It has been increasingly recognised as one promising means to reduce material and energy use, and to engender sustainable production and consumption. For this reason and other foreseeable benefits, the concept of upcycling has received more attention from numerous researchers and business practitioners in recent years. This has been seen in the growing number of publications on this topic since the 1990s. However, the overall volume of literature dealing with upcycling is still low and no major review has been presented. Therefore, in order to further establish this field, this paper analyses and summarises the current body of literature on upcycling, focusing on different definitions, trends in practices, benefits, drawbacks and barriers in a number of subject areas, and gives suggestions for future research by illuminating knowledge gaps in the area of upcycling.en
dc.funderEPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)en
dc.identifier.citationSung, K. (2015) A review on upcycling: current body of literature, knowledge gaps and a way forward. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Environment, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Venice, 13-14 April, pp. 28-40en
dc.identifier.urihttp://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12706
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/14640
dc.language.isoenen
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.projectidEP/N022645/1en
dc.publisherWorld Academy of Science, Engineering and Technologyen
dc.researchgroupDesign and New Product Developmenten
dc.researchinstituteInstitute of Art and Designen
dc.subjectdesignen
dc.subjectsustainabilityen
dc.subjectupcyclingen
dc.subjectconsumptionen
dc.subjectproductionen
dc.subjectwaste managementen
dc.titleA review on upcycling: Current body of literature, knowledge gaps and a way forwarden
dc.typeConferenceen
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