The Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North (Habitat VIN) ReStores are celebrating Earth
Day 2021 with a contest that encourages reusing pieces that may have otherwise ended up in
the landfill. They are calling all do-it-yourself enthusiasts and novices to make a difference with
the ReStore Upcycle Challenge.

The Campbell River and Comox Valley ReStores are Habitat VIN’s social enterprise that helps
families in need of a safe and affordable place to call home, and helps the community divert
thousands of tonnes of waste from the landfill each year. They are spreading the word that
shoppers can find an abundance of treasures at the ReStores, whether they need something to
use today or an item they can upcycle into something new to use tomorrow.

“Our ReStores get a lot of donations of brand new, modern furniture and housewares, but often
the more outdated donations are overlooked. We want to show that with a little creativity or a
fresh coat of paint these pieces can become unique, priceless treasures,” said Tom Beshr,
Habitat VIN’s director of retail operations.

Your entry does not have to be brand new; as long as it was created within the last five years,
using materials from either the Campbell River or Comox Valley ReStore, it qualifies. They are
also accepting photos of home renovation projects using ReStore materials.

The ReStore Upcycle Challenge opens for entries on April 22nd, Earth Day, and will run until
May 20th. There are two ways to win. One winner will be selected by random draw from
everyone who meets the contest criteria. Entrants who donate their upcycling project to one of
the ReStores will receive an additional entry.

The contest will also have a People’s Choice Award. All qualified entries will be posted on
Habitat’s website for the public to vote on their favourite from May 21st to 29th. Both winners,
who will receive a $100 ReStore gift card each, will be announced on Monday, May 31st.
To learn more about this contest and to submit your entry, visit
habitatnorthisland.com/restore/upcycle-challenge.

Cady Corman

Director of Communications, Habitat for Humanity