Congratulations to our 2016 Winners!

Grand prize: $10,000 plus five co-working days at WeWork

Winner: Grub Tubs

Second place prize:  Spot in the 2017 FastForward entrepreneur training program and 2017 Small Business Festival pass ($750 value)

Winner: GRUB

People's Choice Award Honorable Mention

Winner: Austin Cubed

2016 FINALISTS

Bard Sustainability MBA Team- Austin Cubed- Street Banner Line

Repurposing: Vinyl street banners & mesh plastic bags

Charles Bradbury- Pulp Fashion

Repurposing: Vinyl street banners, mesh plastic bags, & fabric samples

Gabriel Rocha- ACL Survival Bags

Repurposing: Vinyl street banners

Melissa Meyer: GRUB

Repurposing: Inedible Canned Goods

Quinault Childs- GrubTubs: Table to Farm

Repurposing: Inedible canned goods

Re:3D- 3D Printing from Post-Consumer Waste

Repurposing: Mesh Plastic Bags

Rowan Rodriguez- [RE]Charge

Repurposing: Vinyl street banners

Team E- Austin’s Local Tarps

   Repurposing: Vinyl street banners

2016 MATERIAL SUPPLIERS

In-N-Out Burgers

Each location of this national chain produces over 1,000 mesh plastic bags a month from produce deliveries. 

City of Austin Transportation Department

The City's Street Banner Program leads to the accumulation of approximately 300 32"x90" vinyl banners every year, or about 6,000 sq ft of material per month. The department also has open-weave nylon or polyester net over-the-street banners available for reuse.

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LIVESTRONG Foundation

This Austin-based foundation has tens of thousands of yellow silicone bands in outdated packaging they would like to see used to support the Austin community in a meaningful way.  View a video of the production process for these bands.

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Austin Creative Reuse

Austin's non-profit creative reuse center is able to collect 100s of fabric sample books of discontinued fabric from interior design firms and decorators every month. 

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Central Texas Food Bank

The Austin area's regional food bank receives some food that is not fit for human consumption and currently has to throw away around 30,000 lbs of inedible canned goods per month. 

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Half Price Books

A few dumpsters every month at a single location of this national chain with 5 Austin area locations are filled with unsold media, including books, magazine, records, CDs, DVDs, and other material.

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