You’ve got until January 15, 2007 to design and create an object to sell on Etsy made of materials that would have otherwise been thrown away or recycled (new adhesives and fasteners are permitted if required.) Coined by William McDonaugh and Michael Braugart in their trail blazing book Cradle to Cradle, upcycling is a word that simply put it refers to transforming trash into treasures. Ecoist bags, made of candy wrappers and rejected printed papers, illustrate the upcycling principle clearly. To conserve resources, we should all be doing more of it.Contest entries will be judged by the organizers of The Bazaar Bizarre and by the Etsy team. The winners will be chosen on account of their ingenuity, originality and usefulness of their product.
One lucky first prize winner will get a trip to San Francisco, CA, and three nights hotel, so that you can take advantage of your free booth at next year’s Bazaar Bizarre and make even more loot. Second prize gets a free booth as well and three third prize winners get a sweet Etsy gift pack full of goodies. So, check out the contents of your recycling bin and get crafting!