Wondering what to do with that old lamp you have gathering dust in the basement? Maybe you could turn it into a vase! What about an old unused trunk? Could it become a chest of drawers?

If you’re oozing with creative talent and have Martha Stewartesque qualities about you, here is your chance to put those powers to work!

Earth Day Canada is running a contest between now and November 27th, 2011 to demonstrate your Upcycling abilities and creativity.

According to the Earth Day Canada website: “Projects will demonstrate the importance of re-use and waste reduction with adherence to good safety practices.”

It’s a great way for us to rethink what we might consider to be garbage. Stuck for ideas? The concept for this contest immediately made me think of the magazine, Real Simple, which is always creating alternative uses for everyday items. Taking a look through it might help you come up with a few creative nuggets of your own.

Winning categories and prizes:

There are two categories, “individual” and “group” and three winning entries in each: “Most Upcycled” “Most Inventive” and “Best Makeover.”

Individuals will win a cordless drill and driver kit donated by Panasonic.

Groups will win a cordless drill and driver kit as well as a cordless jigsaw.

One school/classroom will win an Electronic Whiteboard, courtesy of Panasonic.

For full details and entry form, visit Earth Day Canada’s contest web page.

For more information about Earth Day Canada, visit their website.


BEC Green

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