The Trash to Cash Challenge is a new programme developed to encourage young people to become eco-preneurs: to do some good in the world and develop life skills through a short business challenge with an environmental focus.
The competition is open to every young person around the world under 25. You can participate individually or as a team of up to 5 people with friends, classmates or siblings.
Adult supervision is strongly encouraged for younger participants!
There are 4 prizes to win, worth USD$1,200 in total!
Every participant that completes the submission form will receive a Certificate of Participation!
It’s easy to take part!
There are 3 simple steps:
- Get prepared: Create a product(s) you could sell out of materials that would otherwise go to waste e.g. plastic bottles, waste paper etc. Remember to weigh the amount of trash you collect.
- Sales Day: Sell as many of the product(s) as you can on the Sales Day: Saturday 2nd July. You have 1 day only to make as much money as you can!
- Submit your entry: Create a short video of your experience and share it on your social media. Complete the simple submission form - tell us how much waste you saved, what product you created and how much money you made, with a link to your video and photos.
Here is an example submission form.
The actual submission form will be available on this page from 2nd July.
There are 4 prizes worth USD $1,200 in total. In addition, every participant that completes the submission form by the deadline will receive a Certificate of Participation! To be eligible for prizes and certificates you need to complete the submission form by 9am BST on Monday 11th July 2022.
The first three prizes will be awarded by a judging panel based on the evidence in the submission form, so make sure to include photos!
The Public Choice prize will be given to the video with the most ‘likes’. Videos must be less than 2 minutes and must be posted in the participants' social media in public mode (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or TikTok) using the hashtag #TrashToCashChallenge. The video must show the waste you collected, how you created it and how you sold it.
Winners announced from Friday 25th July 2022!
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