Dragon’s Lair Austin donated a $50 gift certificate for an Artists’ Prize!

Dragon's Lair LogoDragon’s Lair Austin donated a $50 gift certificate for one of the artists’ prizes!  Woot!  If you haven’t been to Dragon’s Lair lately- you are missing out.  In their new (much larger) store– they have a boutique and cosplayers on staff who know how to make costumes! And these folks know how to costume. I love the nexus of costuming and upcycling.  Upcycling material is a great way to make a costume – the DIY-way! There is a big cosplay community in Austin- find a meet-up near you!

TreeHouse has donated gift certificates for the artists’ prizes!

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Kane Sutphin at TreeHouse has donated gift certificates for the artists’ prizes!  If you don’t know what TreeHouse is or what they do- please check out their blog and how they are helping change the way we homestead.  By helping homeowners make sustainable, well-informed choices- Treehouse is bettering our collective environment. Their goal – Make Sustainable Living Attainable. They also have product demos in-store with beer!  TreeHouse, thank you!

Patagonia donated cool polos, hoodies, and baseball caps for the AUC Artists’ Prizes!

PatagoniaPatagonia Austin just donated cool cotton polos, striped casual button down shirts, hoodies, and baseball caps!  These are prizes for our Artists who win in the categories of most innovative, most decorative, and most useful upcycle.

If you haven’t heard of Ebay and Patagonia’s Common Threads Partnership– please go check it out.  Patagonia is one of the leaders in clothing reuse.  They have been praised for reducing their environmental impact.

If you would like to sign-up for the Austin Upcycle Challenge, please do!  If you would like to volunteer– we would love to have you!  The challenge starts at 9 am on Saturday June 15th down at the Goodwill Outlet Store on Burleson Road.  We will have tents, tables, and some tools- but please bring your own to make sure you have what you need.



Balcones Resources has signed on as a Sponsor!

Balcones Resources LogoBalcones Resources has signed on as a Bronze Sponsor!  We truly appreciate their support in helping Austin become a Zero Waste City!  Balcones Resources has a myriad of ways it is helping Austin achieve the goal of zero waste by 2040.

Austin Upcycle Challenge is promoting reuse and upcycling of our “trash”.  Let’s ReThink our waste!

Sponsorship requests going out today!

We got the go-ahead from Austin Goodwill to send out our sponsorship letters.  We have a tight timeline.  Since we are starting small- I think most folks will be able to find money in their budgets or be able to help with amenities.  The Challenge will be on June 15th, Saturday, from 9 am -2pm.  The upcycle class schedule will be scheduled soon and all the contest guidelines.  Yay!


Austin Upcycle Challenge is starting the process of asking for sponsors.  If anyone has a business (small or large) that is interested in sponsoring our Upcycle Challenge on June 15th- please contact Blythe Christopher de Orive.  We will be soliciting folks who are eco-minded, DIY-oriented, and generally just good people.  We will be calling for artists soon!