VOTE NOW! ecomaine announces Finalists for 2022 Upcycle Challenge

Maine’s leader in sustainable waste management unveils ‘upcycled’ designs from Maine students, to be voted on through Earth Day

ecomaine today announced three finalists for its school-based Upcycle Challenge, which will award $500 to a participating student’s school.

The Upcycle Challenge asks students in ecomaine’s communities to use items that ordinarily would have been disposed of, to make all-new, functional ones.  ecomaine’s Outreach & Recycling Committee selected the finalists, based on the incorporation of post-consumer materials, the ingenuity and functionality of the new creation, inclusion of students in the process, as well as the approval from a teacher or advisor.

The finalists are:

  • Aurora Milton, Cape Elizabeth High School: an Upcycled Pair of Street Style Trousers made from an old curtain and old clothing
  • Aria Pines & Casco Bay High School: Waste to Art Intensive – ‘Everlasting’ (made from extruded plastic waste with artist Kim Bernard)
  • RSU #13 (Rockland) Afterschool Program with The Landing Place: One-of-a-Kind Aprons from old Jeans

“As with the submission from the past two years, the ingenuity and creativity of Maine’s students is so impressive,” said Matt Grondin, ecomaine’s Communications Manager.  “We are looking forward to seeing the results of our online public voting.”

Finalists will be voted on by users’ votes online through Friday, April 29, and the grand prize will be awarded to the winning students’ school club or activity of choice.
Aurora Milton, Cape Elizabeth High School
Aria Pines & Casco Bay High School Waste to Art Intensive
RSU #13 (Rockland) Afterschool Program with The Landing Place