Americans generated 32 million tons of plastic waste in 2012 according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency 1 Given the amount of waste generated annually from website. plastics alone, it is almost unfathomable to think about how many tons of waste we throw away in total. We wondered how we could help people come up with fun ideas for reusing materials they would otherwise recycle or throw away. As designers and makers ourselves, we know that crafting materials can be expensive. We also know that many of the products that end up in our waste bins are made of the same materials that we buy for our projects. The goal of Upcycle was to create a mobile application that would allow users to find fun activities to do with materials they would otherwise discard.