The Acorn Reuse Centre has launched its challenge to Islanders to upcycle a soilbox into a unique piece of furniture.
The challenge will run until the end of August with entrants posting pictures of their upcycling efforts on Facebook and tagging the Acorn Enterprises page. The pictures will be judged with the expert eye of Channel 4’s Salvage Sister, Charis Williams, who visited Acorn last week to kickstart the challenge with a workshop for Jersey Employment Trust clients.
The challenge winner will receive a trophy designed and made by Charis from wood and an old disc brake from her own motorbike.
“With the help of Charis and our clients, we have put together a ten-step guide to the basics to turning the soilbox into a coffee table. The rest is up to you and your imagination and we hope the challenge will remind people about the possibilities of recycling and reusing different items. The Reuse Centre is a treasure trove of items which can be given a new lease of life in someone’s home,” said JET Executive Officer Jocelyn Butterworth.
The boxes can be collected from the Acorn Reuse Centre at Trinity, which is currently undergoing its own transformation. The Centre’s new expanded facilities will be opened in September.
The soil boxes are available from the centre in Trinity at a cost of £5 and the competition will be open until 31 August. Details of the Acorn Reuse Challenge and the 10-step guide will be on the Acorn Facebook page where the winner will be announced and pictures of the designs will be posted.
Acorn Reuse Centre benefits Jersey’s environment by upcycling and reusing tonnes of unwanted items, providing training and employment opportunities for people who might otherwise struggle to find employment, while helping lower income families enjoy an improved quality of life by providing the opportunity to buy reasonably priced reused goods.