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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Upcycling Challenge 2013!

I am so excited to announce this!  Time to roll up your sleeve and get busy!  
POST your best upcycle project pictures here:

Win Valuable Prizes from

ReCreate &  Beverly’s Fabric and Crafts.

Upcycling (v):  to convert something considered to be worthless or waste, and reuse it to make something of better quality or for better environmental value.  Upcycling is rethinking the notion of waste, and repurposing something to give it a new and better purpose.  Upcycling saves natural resources and money, by creatively reusing what already exists.   For examples of upcycling, you can look here.   (http://pinterest.com/recreate/upcycled-goodness/)

You know who you are. Your mind is filled with ideas on how to repurpose that empty cereal box, milk jug or pallet.  Instead of tossing that t-shirt with the impossible stain, you reconstruct it into the cutest dress ever, for your daughter.   Your first stop is the thrift store (or dumpster), not the mall, when you need something “new”.   You are an upcycler – creative, inventive and eco-friendly!

reCREATE Eco-Art Center and One Big Bin have partnering to hold the 2013 Upcycling Challenge.   Valuable prizes  from ReCreate and Beverly’s Fabrics and Crafts will be awarded, as well as bragging rights will go to the most inventive and design savvy projects.   

Categories for Upcycling projects are: 

·         Art

·         Functional (furniture / household items/tools, etc.)

·         Fashion / Jewelry / Wearable Upcycle

·         Kids Category – All entries by the under 18 crowd.

WHEN:  The contest begins May 1st, 2013 and ends at midnight on May 31st, 2013.   Prizes will be announced no later than June 7th, 2013

RULES: The contest is open to individuals in Placer County / Sacramento Metro DMA.  All participants and parents / legal guardians of children participating, must sign a consent form for a minor to participate in the contest.  All entries must fill out the online entry form, and follow instructions for entry into the contest.  The contest is to use something that would otherwise be thrown away, and upcycle it into something “new”.  You must submit at least two photographs, one showing the item in its original state, and a second photo of the finished product.  You are encouraged to write a description of the item.   Contestants may enter more than one project in the contest.  Photographs must be original and unretouched.   Submission of an entry grants reCREATE and OneBigBin the right to publish, use, adapt, edit and/or modify such entry in any way, in any and all media, without limitation, and without consideration to the entrant. Photos must be entirely original, created solely by entrant, unpublished, may not have been submitted in any other competition, and cannot infringe upon any rights of any third party including but not limited to copyright, trade name, property rights, and rights of privacy or publicity.  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry it deems to be inappropriate, offensive or not in keeping with Sponsor’s image, in its sole discretion.  Any entry that is deemed not to be original or is deemed to be inappropriate for publication may be declared to be ineligible, at the Sponsor’s discretion.  Sponsors are not responsible for computer error, system failures, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures or delays in computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature.

JUDGING:  All projects will be posted to an online photo gallery.  The top three projects in each category, with the highest votes will be reviewed, and judges chosen by the sponsors will declare the winners. 


Over $500 in prizes. 

Grand Prize $200 Value  (One Grand Prize)

($100 gift certificate for ReCreate,  $100. Gift certificate for Beverly’s Fabrics and Crafts.)

Category Prizes for runner up (3 other categories) prizes $75 Value  (Three Runner Up prizes)

($40 gift certificate for ReCreate,  $35. Gift certificate for Beverly’s Fabrics and Crafts.)

Honorable Mentions (Five Honorable Mention awards.)

($25 gift certificates for ReCreate)

GENERAL CONDITIONS: No cash redemption, substitution or transfer of prize permitted. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize in whole or in part if an advertised prize should become unavailable. All federal, state and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.  Potential Grand Prize winners will be notified by email. Return of prize or prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification. Unclaimed prizes may not be awarded. Acceptance of prize constitutes winner’s agreement and permission for Sponsor and their agencies to use winner’s name/likeness for advertising and trade purposes in any and all media without further notice or compensation, unless prohibited by law. By participating in the Contest and/or accepting prize, Contest entrants agree to: (a) be bound by these official rules and the decisions of reCREATE and OneBigBin, which shall be final and binding in all respects.

Sponsors:  reCREATE and One Big Bin.