Upcycling competitions are becoming the norm across the UK and the rest of the world. Upcycling means repurposing unused, damaged, old household, commercial and industrial items into functional or aesthetic articles.
What are the benefits of upcycling competitions?
According to the owner of Brandon Hire Station – a revered agency offering tool rental services here in the UK, there are many benefits of upcycling competitions. Some of them are mentioned in the sections below.
Upcycling competitions lead to the reduction in the size of landfills
Organising upcycling competitions periodically can help a nation reduce the size of its landfills. At the same time, the authorities would not need to look for new patches of land and repurpose the same as landfills. With time, upcycling can also allow a nation to reclaim lost land from ever-expanding landfills.
Upcycling competitions yields tangible results
Revered and upcoming brands and designers have made it their mission to create new products from upcycled raw materials. It means that the practice of upcycling yields tangible results. Otherwise, brands in the game to make a profit wouldn’t have invested in finding ways to mass-produce upcycled goods.
Upcycling competitions are the best way to minimize fast fashion waste
Fast fashion is potentially harmful to the environment. The reason is simple, fast fashion clothing and apparel are worn one to two times and then are packed inside wardrobes or thrown away. With the help of upcycling competitions across urban and rural communities, the menace of managing fast fashion waste will be a breeze.
Reduce the chances of wasting natural resources
With the help of upcycling competitions, participants from the FMCG sector can learn new ways of making products with minimal or no use of natural resources like groundwater. For example, to put things into perspective, it takes around 2700 litres of groundwater to make the amount of cotton yarn needed to make a t-shirt. With upcycling, the cotton yarn from old clothes can be repurposed to create new cotton clothes and apparel. Thereby allowing clothing brands to reduce their consumption of groundwater by several folds.
Offer a platform for craftspeople
According to the spokesperson for Brandon Hire Station, upcycling competitions offer local craftspeople the chance to show off their artisanal capabilities and, at the same time, make a quick pound or two. Furthermore, upcycling competitions are also ideal places for people to look for upcycled aesthetically pleasing works of art or valuable items, given their interest.
Brands can learn new ways to reduce manufacturing costs
When spokespersons, in-house designers and production managers of multinational corporations, start-ups and small-to-medium-scale enterprises visit upcycling competitions, they can learn about innovative ways to reduce the production costs of their respective ventures.
Upcycling competitions allow communities to turn old, damaged, unused household objects into items that can be repurposed for functional or aesthetic uses. Upcycling is slowly gaining traction here in the UK as a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to minimize waste. However, it is high time that one takes the necessary steps to keep their expenses in check, ensuring the Planet Earth remains habitable for a while longer.
Have you done any upcycling projects? Have you entered any competitions?
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