Upcycled vs recycled ... there's a difference?
Upcycling is a form of recycling, but it specifically refers to giving an old product a new life in its original form. It could be something really simple, like washing out an old candle jar and reusing it as makeup brush storage!
If a product is recycled, then it has been made from a material that has been broken down and manufactured into a new material before being made into something new. So you could send your old candle jar off with your local recycling collection, and it could return to the shelves as a drinking glass tumbler.