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When it comes to reducing waste and being more environmentally friendly, you might have heard of the terms “upcycling” and “recycling“. But what’s the difference between the two? And why are they both important? Let’s break it down.


First, let’s talk about recycling. This one’s pretty straightforward – it’s the process of taking materials that would otherwise end up in the trash and turning them into new products. This can include things like plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and paper. Recycling is important because it helps to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills and conserves natural resources. Plus, it’s a great way to give new life to materials that would otherwise be discarded.


Now, let’s talk about upcycling. This one’s a bit different – it’s the process of taking something that’s no longer useful and turning it into something new and even more valuable. This can include things like old t-shirts becoming a tote bag, or an old ladder turned into a bookshelf.  Upcycling is a great way to give new life to items that would otherwise end up in the trash, and it also promotes creativity and resourcefulness. That’s why hear at Zerow we promote items that comes from the upcycling world!


So, what’s the difference between the two? Recycling is all about turning old materials into new materials, while upcycling is all about turning old materials into something new and better. Both are important in their own way, but upcycling is great for taking those unique or one-of-a-kind items and giving them new life instead of just throwing it away or recycling it.


Now, you might be thinking, “But if I’m already recycling, why do I need to worry about upcycling?”. The answer is simple – recycling is important, but it’s not enough. We need to focus on reducing waste in the first place, and upcycling is a great way to do that. It helps to reduce the amount of new resources needed to produce new products and also creates less waste in the landfills.


Upcycling also helps to promote creativity and resourcefulness, which is something we could all use more of in our lives. Instead of just throwing away or recycling an old t-shirt, for example, you can turn it into a tote bag or a cushion cover. Not only are you giving new life to something that would have otherwise been discarded, but you’re also creating something unique and one-of-a-kind.

In conclusion, both recycling and upcycling are important in their own way. Recycling helps to reduce waste and conserve resources, while upcycling promotes creativity and resourcefulness. By combining both practices, we can reduce waste, conserve resources, and create new and unique items. 


Zerow stands for Zero Waste. We are a community of companies, artisans, designers and people who love sustainable products. We offer a marketplace where you can buy upcycled products and leftovers and a circular network made to connect companies and artisans for transforming waste into products.

Zerow allows you to sell leftover materials (or pre-production waste) such as textile, leather or other secondary raw materials. Also metal accessories, tools, boxes, machines and everything which can be used for production and sell purposes is welcome. Let’s upcycle it!

Possible refunds and exchanges will be processed within 14 working days upon the arrival into our warehouse.

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If you are an artisan or a brand committed to quality, tradition, craftsmanship, and circularity please visit contact us. If you are aligned to our philosophy you will be very welcome to join our marketplace and we will be happy to have you on our side in the fight against waste.

We honor return requests made within 14 days after receiving the original purchase.

Zerow accepts returns of unworn, unwashed, and undamaged items, with no signs of use, for refund. Please note that customized, personalized and exchanged products cannot be returned.

Returns must be packaged in the Zerow box, which must be securely sealed with adhesive tape. In case our box is no longer available, you may use another type of packaging suitable for the shipment of our items.

If the original order was below the 150€ threshold for free shipping the shipping fee will be excluded from the refund. If a partial return brings the total amount paid below 150€, the shipping amount will be deducted from the refund according to your local shipping rate.

It means that there is no stock for that particular product. It will be manufactured only once the order is placed. This helps the reduction of wasted materials and resources. You can find the ‘Crafting time’ in the description of the product.

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Offering aftercare, post-purchase services has always been a priority for Zerow, that’s why if some of the products you bought on our platform deteriorate or break, Zero’s team is ready to pick up, reset and send them back to you.

It depends on each brand. If you want to know the specific lead time contact us we’ll let you know as soon as we can !

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