The Ultimate Upcycling Challenge has a two-prong goal. The first being to challenge people to think twice about items they already have and how they can repurpose them. The second goal is to increase awareness of Habitat for Humanity and it’s ReStore. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore has branches across Canada and sells building supplies and furniture donated by local businesses and residents. Proceeds raised are used to fund Habitat for Humanity’s homebuilding projects for affordable housing.
Vancouver Home + Design show manager and upcycler Jill Kivet says, “Finding a castoff and not just reusing it, but turning it into something better, takes recycling to the next level.” Bloggers had to commit to using 80% upcycled content from the ReStore and had a $100 budget to work with.
All upcycled entries will be on display this weekend at the Home + Design Show at B.C. Place stadium. The competition winner will be crowned via popular vote. The upcycled items will be sold via silent auction with the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity. Users can vote for their favourite entry here.