Summer Show 2019 Dyson School of Design Engineering

The Upcycle Initiative

The Upcycle Initiative is a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable social enterprise that applies the concept of waste valorization to the city of Lagos, Nigeria.

Sustainability Social Enterprise Waste Valorization Upcycling

By Tessa Smulders

As the world’s population grows, the amount of solid waste we produce grows with it. Our poorest nations are often the ones left to deal with the negative impacts this has. The Upcycle Initiative is a scheme designed for less economically developed countries to benefit from the plastic solid waste that is currently being produced. It introduces a process to collect, sort and upcycle old plastic waste into new and valuable products that will financially and socially benefit the local population.