UncommonGoods, an online retailer that specializes in handmade, eco- friendly and uniquely designed gifts and accessories, is excited to announce the Upcycling Design Challenge, offering the opportunity to a new independent designer to sell their work to millions of customers.

An open call will be held until November 15, where designers are invited to share their finished products made of upcycled and recycled materials.

The top 15 submissions picked by Home Accessories buyer Katie Giannone will be sent to the UncommonGoods voting app , where the online community can weigh in on their favorites. The top 5 voted items will then move on to a panel of judges that will include Katie; Yuka Yoneda, NYC editor of Inhabitat.com;  Jim Martin, owner of Green3, a longtime UncommonGoods vendor of upcycled clothing and accessories;  and Jamie Cornett, designer and visionary behind Instrumental Lighting.

The winning design will be introduced into the UncommonGoods assortment. UncommonGoods Design Challenges have been the source of best-selling products like the Cymbal of Love Pendant, the Birdie Mini Dish,Mathew Amey’s Jump Off and the iPhone Artist Cases.

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