I need a way to describe the process of turning old outdated objects into fashionable new ideas and products.

  • Upcycle? Recycle? Refashion? Jul 6 '15 at 4:00
  • What would be an example of, say, a unique and fashionable idea made out of an old, outdated object? Jul 6 '15 at 14:07

I have heard many people use the word "repurposed" as well. I'm not sure if there needs to be a hyphen after 're'.


"Upcycled" is a currently popular term for reusing the old, especially in reference to making something worn, faded, or otherwise undesirable valuable (such as taking a ratty leather coat and cutting out the good parts and sewing it into a bunch of iPhone cases.

to process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better than the original: (Dictionary.com)

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    +1. And I've added a definition. Try doing that in your next posts. That's how we roll here.
    – Tushar Raj
    Jul 6 '15 at 14:06
  • W00t. In the future, I shall.
    – Ivan
    Jul 7 '15 at 3:42

The verb, refurbish.

When you refurbish something, you generally keep the structure the same but improve its looks and possibly its functionality. (as by renovating, re-equipping, or restoring etc.)

  • The word refurbish is also often used to describe secondhand technology that has been rebuilt to restore function by replacing a component that has failed.
  • make brighter and prettier “refurbished the old castle”


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