Up-cycle Challenge 2016 - WINNERS
In our last newsletter we advertised this amazing initiative being carried out by FreeTrade Ireland and there was a massive uptake with more than 80 entries nationwide. It was a tough decision due to the quality of work and the display of enthusiasm from all of those who took the time to enter. All entries were scored on level of reuse, innovation, functionality, finish and sustainability and it was a very, very hard competition to judge because of all of the time and effort that the entrants put in. There may be an overall winner but we were blown away by the efforts and creativity that all entrants put into the competition.
Winner - Eastern Midlands region - The decision was made to have two winners in this region as it was too difficult to pick just one. First up we have an umbrella bag. After yet another umbrella broken in the wind, rendering the umbrella useless in the rain, Kathleen decided against shoving it in the bin alongside all of the other umbrellas dumped there. It was taken home, the broken spines removed and the material turned into a reusable bag!
The other joint winner, Robert, took some left over materials from the refurbishment of a bike. These are the pieces that would typically be left over and would be waste material as they might not be suitable for use on a renovated bike. He took a sheet of metal used in car repair, turned it into a tube. The speaker was placed inside and the housing was held in place by disc brakes, taken from a bike repair, at either end. A broken wheel was taken and two sections cut off to make a stand.
Winner - Connacht Ulster Region - Urs Harttuns created these children’s chairs by cutting these animal shapes out of cardboard boxes he sourced from a local bicycle store where they had been collected to be disposed of. Once he had the shapes cut out he glued the layers together which created these sturdy seats.
Winner - Southern Region - Martin entered this beautiful Arbour seat. He made it as a gift for his wife with bits and pieces that were lying around the garden and shed. The two old doors used to make the sides of the seat were from a friend who had replaced the doors. The roof is made from the slats of a broken up shed which belonged his brother-in-law. The back panel and seat are made from wood that's been in shed for nearly ten years. It was then varnished and painted with paint and varnish that have been in the shed. Even the cap seal on the roof is a piece of an old unused plastic pipe.