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Upcycling: From Green Ideas to Starting a Business

Living in Minca via FutureLearn


Understand upcycling, how to make upcycling products and start up a company

Have you ever turned unwanted objects or waste materials into entirely new products? Upcycling is the ideal way to combine creative ideas with a passion for sustainability and entrepreneurship.

On this course, you will learn how to apply the key concepts of upcycling to real-life practice. You will explore how to start upcycling, the link between upcycling and the Sustainable Development Goals, and learn about successful case study examples.

You will also get inspired by business upcycling ideas, receive guidance on how to start your own company, and learn how to fund and market your products.

This course is for anyone looking to start their own upcycling company or who are interested in entrepreneurship, eco-friendly businesses and sustainability.


  • Addressing the world’s environmental challenges
    • Let's get started
    • Environmental Challenges and Realities
    • Understanding Upcycling
  • Hands on Upcycling
    • Sustainable Fashion Design
    • Industrial Design
    • Creating Ideas
  • Turning Ideas into Action
    • Idea Validation
    • Marketing and Funding Sources
    • Conclusions

Taught by

Sara Calvo


4.5 rating at FutureLearn based on 55 ratings

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