MakerLabs and Vancouver's Vinyl Record Donation Program have teamed up to develop innovative solutions to recycling Vancouver's discarded vinyl records.
MakerLabs is a tool-sharing workshop and creative space that opened its doors to the Vancouver public in the Summer of 2014. The founders at MakerLabs, Dallas Luther and Derek Gaw, opened the space in order to provide artists, entrepreneurs and local designers with affordable access to the luxuries of a big workshop.
When Derek heard that Robert Privett, organizer of Vancouver's Vinyl Donation Program, was looking for upcycling solutions, he suggested a competition.
MakerLabs had hosted a successful upcycling competition in September where creators made lighting fixtures from recycled material - a contest aptly named 'I Love Lamp.'
The vinyl record recycling competition will challenge local designers to find the best commercially-viable products that can be made from discarded vinyl records. The winner will have the opportunity to put their creation on the market with help from Vancouver's Vinyl Donation Program and the Main Street Vinyl Record Fair.
The Vinyl Donation Program will provide the innovative upcycler with raw materials (old vinyl records) to produce their product - which will in turn will be sold on the Main Street Vinyl Record Fair's new website to help raise money for CiTR Radio 101.9FM, Safe Amplification Site Society and Girls Rock Camp Vancouver.
Products developed from the record recycling competition will join a line of other upcycled vinyl creations from the donation program that are already in production. The program currently produces a line of stylish beard combs cut from donated records that were in poor playing condition.
Entries from the MakerLabs/Vinyl Donation contest will be on display at the Main Street Vinyl Record Fair - Sunday, November 16th in Vancouver, Canada.
You can pick up a "Vinyl Re-Comb" in local barber shops, at the fair or online.