112045345_10153301780192956_3426207632594903169_oUpcycling and Recycling is practical, economical, and a fulfilling. Why can’t more people see that?  Re-using and re-purposing items that you would  normally throw away is worth looking into, not only because it’s helping the environment but it also provides self satisfaction and a sense of achievement.  As part of their advocacy of caring for the environment, Amaia Steps Parkway Nuvali embarked on an Upcycling Challenge project to find a solution for the non-biodegradable disposables that fill up our garbage trucks.  They specified plastic bottles, especially the soda bottles, among other plastic throw aways, to be re-designed and re-created into something useful worth more than it originally was worth.  Students, designers, professionals joined the challenge to create home products that must be useful to Amaia homeowners—an endeavor that was consistent with the development’s theme: “Living Re-Imagined.”

12188041_10153301825697956_7195395811333445563_oRicky Celis, Amaia Land Corp. president, said the upcycling contest is meant to encourage the public to creatively reduce waste by turning these into useful and aesthetically pleasing products.  “We are doing this to inspire our residents and future homeowners to contribute to preserving our environment.  We believe that even seemingly small ways such as these will have greater impact if everyone adopts the habit of upcycling waste materials into something useful again.”

Each team was provided transportation to the site and P3,000 for raw materials. All the participants were given 24 hours to create marketable and practical home products from scratch using plastic soft drink bottles. The 13 finalists in the Upcycling Challenge all produced highly creative designs and innovative upcycled household materials out of the plastic soft drink bottles such as lamps, chandelier, sofa bed, and tables, among others, which are all on display at Soledad 1, while their images are showcased on Amaia Land Corp.’s official Facebook page.

12187980_10153302256557956_8745766599266439642_oEmerging at the top of the podium, “Team DJE” composed of Danny John Kalinga, Jojean Aguilar, and Johnedel Edward Ogalesco made a floor lamp called “Bubble Coral” out of different sizes of plastic bottles. Coming in second with an upcycled chandelier are Danilo Perez, Charlie Cannal, and Louie Luena of “Team Bulahao” whose work is among the crowd’s favorite.

Meanwhile, Kia Del Rosario and Jose Masucol of “Kneutral Manila” bagged the third prize with an upcycled table and storage named “EpitoME.”

Amaia Marketing Head Anna Garcia-Ramos said during the awarding ceremonies last Sunday that the three teams stood out because their works are marketable. “We chose these three because of marketability and alignment with the brand Amaia. These upcycled materials are very simple, modern, contemporary, and, more importantly, in line with the brand’s character.”

The grand winner bagged P100,000 in cash and a glass trophy, while the first and second runners-up both received glass trophies and P50,000 and P25,000, respectively. Meanwhile, the upcycled material with the most number of likes on Facebook will receive a special prize.

The first-ever upcycling challenge was judged by Socialite-Philanthropist and Interior Designer Tessa Prieto-Valdes, acclaimed painter/poet and columnist Igan D’ Bayan, and Marketing Had Anna Garcia Ramos. Both impressed by the works of the winners, judges Prieto-Valdes and D’ Bayan showed interest on Team DJE’s Bubble Coral and Team Bulahao’s Chandelier, respectively.

Hoping the upcycling movement picks up steam and goes forward,

Ayala Land’s Nuvali, which spans 1,750 hectares, is an inspiring model of a green, sustainable eco-community. Built on the pillars of environmental, economic, and social sustainability, community development remains a primary objective of Nuvali in achieving this balance.

Nuvali, which is located in the cities of Sta. Rosa and Calamba, and is in the Municipality of Cabuyao in Laguna, is part of the growth corridor of the Calabarzon region. Its campus-like environment integrates a community where residences, business, and recreation flow seamlessly.