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Jaga Climate Systems debuts “Trash to Treasure” upcycling contest

March 19, 2012 - In celebration of Earth Day next month, Jaga Climate Systems, a manufacturer of energy-efficient climate control systems, is encouraging members of the public to submit their most creative projects made through “upcycling,” the conversion of waste materials into new products or materials, to Jaga’s Facebook page.


March 19, 2012
By Alyssa Dalton

The “Trash to Treasure” contest runs from now through to April 16, and on Earth Day (April 22, 2012), the project with the most “likes” will be named the winner and receive an iPad 2.

“At Jaga, we embrace artistic expression and are dedicated to creating unique heating and cooling solutions that use fewer raw materials,” said Bert Kriekels, executive director, Jaga Climate Systems. “The ‘Trash to Treasure’ contest allows us to discover new uses for old materials and share the benefits that upcycling can have on the environment.”

Accordingly to the company, since 1960, the amount of annual waste generated by Americans has nearly tripled, to 250 million tonnes, with more than half of this material ends up in landfills and only 34% recovered through recycling or composting.

“From coffee grounds to shipping pallets to plastic bottles, consumers can reduce their environmental footprint by transforming what at first glance looks like trash into ‘green’ treasures,” it explained.

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“Reusing goods keeps materials out the waste stream, preserves valuable resources and reduces pollution,” added Kriekels. “We are excited to see how others are inspired to upcycle and transform what they currently have into a ‘must-have’ item or idea.”