The Upcycle Challenge 2017

We are delighted to announce that The Upcycle Challenge is back for 2017!

We want to get Ireland thinking creatively about reuse.

The Upcycle Challenge 2016 was such a success we have decided to hold the competition again for a second year.

There was great interest in the Upcycle Challenge in 2016 and we were totally wowed by the entries we received. So this year we want to do it all again.

We are so looking forward to seeing what creative ideas 2017’s challenge will bring, we hope you will join us and take part!

What is the Upcycle Challenge 2017?

It's simple really. We're challenging you to unearth the creativity within and create something new out of something breathe new life into an item or material that you source – and remember, there are bonus points if you find it on FreeTrade Ireland!

So if you can find something old and renovate it or turn it into something completely different but still usable then we want to see it!

The competition is open to everyone and we have three €1,000 prizes up for grabs, that’s one for  EACH of the three waste regions; Southern Region, Eastern-Midlands Region and Connaught-Ulster Region.

New for 2017, we have a created a national category especially for Men’s Sheds, where the best entry from a Men’s sheds group will win €1,000!

All entries will be judged and Regional winners will be chosen at the end of the competition and announced during Reuse Month in October.

The competition will close at 5pm on Monday the 16th of October.

How to Enter

·        Source something old or unwanted

·        Take a 'Before' photo

·        Turn it into something new (whether that's cleaning it up and repainting it or repurposing it for a different use, that's up to you)

·        Take an 'After' photo

·        Fill in the entry form, available here.

·        Send to

It's that simple!

And now....get upcycling!!!

The Upcycle Challenge 2017 is brought to you by FreeTrade Ireland, the Regional Waste Offices and the EPA BeGreen Initiative. Terms & Conditions Apply, you can find these here!

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