Since most of our favorite uncommon goods are made of reclaimed materials, it was no coincidence the 2012 Upycling Design Challenge was a huge success. Here's another chance to show us your latest foray into turning trash to treasure.

GRAND PRIZE: $500 and an UncommonGoods vendor agreement.

RUNNERS UP: All runner-ups will receive a critique of their work from the guest judges, and UncommonGoods' marketing team will provide tips for marketing and growing their businesses. Additionally, UncommonGoods' buyers will review each entrant's full portfolio and may consider adding the work submitted to the UncommonGoods website in the future.

DEADLINE: September 30, 2013 at 11:59 PM ET

What can I submit? We want to see anything and everything - from handbags to kitchen tools, from gadgets to wall art. As long as your design has an upcycling story, we want to see it!

What does it take to be an "uncommon" artist? Your design should be expressive, it should tell a compelling story, and it should highlight your individuality.

What kinds of material can I use? We accept all sorts of materials as long as they are safe and animal-friendly-so no lead, leather, feathers, or pearls. We love unique materials, especially those that tell an interesting story, so don't forget to share your medium's tale with us in your product description.

What do I submit? We will need your contact info, product info, photos and an optional video. You can share 1 to 5 images through the entry portal with the choice to feature a single item or a collection. We judge each item individually, but would love to see your body of work. If you would like us to view more than five images, please provide us with a website or portfolio link. You can find the entry form located on the bottom of this page.

Got a Question? Browse through the rules, or send an email to Please fill out your contact info completely before you upload your images. Remeber to double-check the email address entered to ensure that it's valid.


amanda b

Yuka is a writer and reporter from Queens, New York. In addition to being the managing editor of Inhabitat NYC, she is a practicing turophile and a known JeDIY master. Yuka's refashioned clothing and DIY ideas have been featured on The Today Show, Glamour, and other websites and magazines. Yuka also writes for Ecouterre and has written for The Daily Green and The New York Times.

erin f

Tiffany is the Chief Design Junkie at TerraCycle where she designs new products from what most people consider garbage. She has her Masters in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute where she developed her thesis "Trash Nouveau - Reincarnating Garbage into Usable Products." Her recent book, ReMake It! (Sterling Publishing), is filled with do-it-yourself projects for turning trash into new. Tiffany thinks that garbage has feelings, too and can often be found talking to her pile of junk at her design studio.

amanda b

Alexis is the Associate Buyer for Home Decor at UncommonGoods. When she's not searching for awesome new home items for UG, she's headed to far-flung flea markets looking for her next furniture makeover project, or a new piece of stoneware to add to her ever-expanding collection.

entry form

Please complete each of the sections below

  • contact info

    How did you hear about this contest?
  • photo & video

    Please upload up to 5 photos (.jpg or.png only) of your design. For maximum details on the zoom feature, provide a 1200 * 1200 pixel, 72dpi file of less than 2mb.

    After selecting your files, click "Upload" before continuing the form.

  • product info

    Is your item made with recycled materials?
    If yes, how are the recycled materials used and where did you obtain them?
    How should customers clean or care for your item? If your design makes it to our voting round, we will share this story with your design! Feel free to include links to websites, and upload photos, sketches or video below for our buyers to get the bigger picture. (750 characters max.)

    How is the item made? Where is the item made?
    Is your item already for sale? If so, please list all retail
    locations and websites.
Please read and check the boxes below if you agree with thier terms
I represent that that this is an original design or that I have all legal rights to the work I am submitting, including its intellectual property.
I have read the fine print and acknowledge its terms may apply if I want to sell my product to UncommonGoods.

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