BRING Product Design Challenge
The Objective: Transform salvaged materials into new and relevant products such as furniture, home décor, accessories, tools, and more. Put a new spin on a classic idea or invent a product that has never been seen before on retail shelves. Whatever direction you take – create a consumer worthy product.
55-gallon metal Barrel Bench made by BRING employee
The majority of the environmental impact of our consumption comes from making and using products. Materials reuse helps conserve natural resources and energy by making better use of the stuff we’ve already extracted, manufactured, and transported.
When we reduce our consumption and reuse what we already have, we protect nature, preserve native ecosystems, and create jobs while reducing air pollution, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.
These facts have inspired the inaugural BRING Product Design Challenge. This March and April, we challenge community members to create innovative and sustainable product designs made from materials available at BRING.
How it Works:
Participants are separated into two sections: Community and Youth Student (Lane County students, grades K – 12). Community entries may participate as individuals or in groups of up to three. Youth Student entries may design as individuals or in teams (friends, classrooms, and student clubs).
All designers must participate in a mandatory Materials Selection Day on Saturday, March 4 between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. During the selection period, designers will pick from a pre-selected array of BRING material. These materials are FREE, and must be incorporated into your product design. If you are unable to attend the Materials Selection Day, you may schedule a make-up selection time (March 6 – 8).
In addition to the free material, each designer or design team will receive $20 in BRING Bucks and $5 in MECCA Bucks to spend as they wish on salvaged materials. New materials and used materials from other sources may also be used.
Designers have seven weeks from the Materials Selection Day to design and build their products. All projects must be completed by Saturday, April 22, and transported to Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane Events Center.
Rules & Restrictions:
~This year, we have capped the limit to 25 challenge entries for each section (Community and Youth Student), or 50 entries total.
~Product designs must weigh 100 lbs. or less and be easily moved by two BRING employees.
~Product designs must be no larger than 6 ft. cubed.
~Product designs may incorporate electrical components.
Questions? E-mail BRING Product Design Challenge
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Materials Donation Schedule
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