recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects, a key component of modern waste reduction and often objective for eco-aware contemporary designers. as well as breaking down old materials to create new ones it also includes upcycling: the process of creating something new and better from old items. in contrast to reusing or recycling, upcycling uses existing materials to improve upon the original ones. the end result is often a product or item that is eco-friendly and at times hand made and one-of-a-kind. here we gather the latest on innovative, socially and environmentally-responsible design projects demonstrating a creative desire for sustainability and/or cost effective approach.