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Don't Throw That Out—Upcycle It

Sustainable Moorestown will kick off its 'Adventures in Upcycling' event next month. What's upcycling? Read on to find out.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right?

That’s sort of the idea behind Sustainable Moorestown’s latest initiative anyway. The organization will host an upcycling event this spring.

What’s upcycling you ask? Upcycling is the process by which unused, discarded or abandoned material and other no-longer-useful goods or products are converted into something artistic or adapted to another use. If you’ve ever seen an old wheelbarrow turned into a planter, a wallet made from juice pouches, or a bench constructed from an old headboard, that’s upcycling. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Sustainable Moorestown’s “Adventures in Upcycling” event will begin in March and end on Moorestown Day, June 1. A kickoff meeting will be held at 7 p.m. March 11 at the Moorestown Library. Applications will be available and the contest rules will be reviewed. In addition, local experts in various disciplines—who will provide consultative resources to the contestants during the event—will be introduced. There will also be examples of upcycled goods to spark ideas and get contestants’ creativity flowing.

Applicants can be either individuals or teams, such as a Boy Scout troop, school art class, family, group of friends, or even a team from a township committee or club.

In general, applicants will be required to identify the materials they use in their upcycled goods. In the spirit of upcycling, a majority of these materials must be either unused, discarded, old, abandoned or damaged (such as a broken lamp, parts of a table, etc.). No hazardous materials will be allowed and there will be a limit on how much of the finished item can be new.

Entries will be displayed, space permitting, on Moorestown Day at the Sustainable Moorestown booth and winning entries will be recognized.

Adventures in Upcycling is a sustainable event that involves the community, promotes local businesses and craftspeople, and benefits the environment by reducing landfill waste.

So raid the attic, scour the basement, take a closer look at curbside discards, and let’s have some fun.

Additional information will be forthcoming. Check Sustainable Moorestown’s Facebook page and look for fliers in Main Street storefronts. Interested persons can also email sustainablemoorestown@moorestown.nj.us for more information.

Courtesy of Sustainable Moorestown

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