Another Earth Month, another awesome upcycling design contest…
This one, Project ReMAKE, comes courtesy of the DIY wizards over at Make magazine who have tapped eco-conscious newlyweds, actress Amy Smart and hunky carpenter/model/HGTV host Carter Oosterhouse, as the official contest spokes-makers. Schick is the contest’s co-collaborator having recently released the Schick Xtreme3 Eco Razor, an eco-friendly disposable razor with a handle made from 100-percent post-consumer recycled plastic objects included old plastic hangers. “Eco-friendly” and “disposable” makes for an oxymoronic product, I know, but it’s also a pretty massive improvement in the wasteful world of disposable razors, so it's good to see something like this enter the market.
Anyways, here’s how it’s all shaking down: From now until May 14, you can submit your recycled material creation for a chance to win some pretty nifty prizes (more on this in a bit). The contest overlords are looking for a short paragraph describing the project and a photo of it as well (it needn’t be totally finished). Of course, Make itself is an excellent source for ideas and inspiration and you can also view a gallery of already submitted projects to kick-start the “make” part of your brain. Submitted already is a desktop organizer made from trashed phone books, a laurel wreath made from old plastic spoons, a kinetic wooden cat sculpture made from materials salvaged in an alley, and more. For their demo project, Smart and Oosterhouse used junked bike parts and old plastic hangers to make a chandelier.
Five finalists, chosen by a panel of judges including Make founder Mark Frauenfelder, will be chosen at the end of May and receive a MakerBot Replicator (a 3-D printer) worth $1,749. The grand prize winner will win a trip to Make’s big annual DIY ho-down in New York, World Maker Fair 2012, where their project will be put on display. I went to World Maker Faire last year for the first time and it was absolutely bananas. The contest also involves a sweepstakes in which one drawn-at-random entrant will win a Nissan Leaf. Not too shabby, eh?