The word Upcycling was coined by William McDonaugh and Michael Braugart in their book on ecologically intelligent design, Cradle to Cradle. In the simplest terms, upcycling is the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value.  In this contest we challenge all local artists (upcyclers) to create an object that is comprised of materials that would have otherwise ended up in the trash heap.

Submissions will be accepted now through April 5th.

Tina and Ryan (owners of Twin Cities Green) will choose the top 20 or so entries based on ingenuity, originality, and usefulness.  Items not chosen will be returned.

Chosen entries will be voted on (in store) by Twin Cities Green customers between April 7th and 21st.  Each customer may only vote once.

Winners will be announced at 6:00 pm at the Twin Cities Green Earth Day Celebration on Wednesday, April 22nd.

CLICK HERE OR SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE TO DOWNLOAD OUR UPCYCLING CONTEST ENTRY FORM

The Rules:

  • Entries must be comprised of materials that would have otherwise been thrown away or recycled. New adhesives and fasteners are permitted if required.  No hazardous materials please.
  • Entries must be submitted to Twin Cities Green by April 5th, 2009.  No exceptions. 
  • Contest entries must not be already for sale or have been sold in the past at Twin Cities Green or our previous shop, Re Gifts.  
  • Each upcycler may enter only one item.
  • Please no extreme large entries.
  • All entries remain the property of the artist.  Except for...
  • Any entry not picked up by the 31st of May, 2009 becomes the property of Twin Cities Green.
  • Upcyclers must be 16 years of age.

The Prizes:

  • FIRST PRIZE: $100 Gift Certificate to Twin Cities Green
  • SECOND PRIZE: Solio Hybrid Personal Solar Charger - check it out!
  • THIRD PRIZE: $25 gift certificate to Common Roots Cafe

PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS.  GOOD LUCK!

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Ryan North,
Mar 5, 2009, 7:59 AM