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Here’s an interesting contest: recycle discarded mattresses into useful products! Deadline has been extended to December 19:

The competition aims to encourage entrants to form groups capable of creating a consumer product, instructions detailing how to make the product, and a plan for production on a larger scale. Entrants must create designs that take into account the volume of mattress waste generated each year. Groups are encouraged to utilize local resources, including existing manufacturing facilities and other waste products.

Via Core77.

2 thoughts on “Discarded Mattress Recycling Contest

  1. No.
    $25 to enter, 1st place is only $1k, 2nd $500, and 3rd a baked good. They want to put an original idea into production; recycling methods often involve patents and it sounds like they are looking to sucker someone.
    Dh works in recycling–quality & R&D. Going from product to product is usually not profitable enough to be competitive in any large scale production. It is usually more feasible to recycle the original product into useful parts and then market the recycled materials to other manufactures who can use them in a broader range of products. You can reuse 100% of the original product this way.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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