With the concept of a circular economy in mind, the opportunity exists to turn our ‘waste’ materials into new products! Therefore, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Surfrider Pacific Rim and Used.ca to bring you the (RE)generate Ideas Contest!

THE (RE)generate ideas contest is now closed

Our judges are now in the process of reviewing all the entries and will select 1 winner from each of the 10 categories. Judges will be scoring entries based on originality, feasibility, and high impact. 


Winners will be notified in early April. Then throughout April, we will be sharing the winning ideas on our social media platforms. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date!

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BROKEN GLASS WASTE - turning broken glass into beautiful and functional counter tops

CARDBOARD FROM SHIPPING WASTE - using cardboard waste to turn yard space into gardens. The cardboard would be used as a base layer

CIGARETTE BUTT WASTE - using cigarette butts as a resin filler and using it to create park benches. Signage could go up around the benches to increase awareness on cigarette litter and the farm it causes our environment

CONSTRUCTION WASTE - need a local vendor to sell used, reclaimed, and salvaged materials from construction jobs, particularly from home demolitions. Instead of destroying these materials, items like doors, cabinets and tiles could be resold 

HARD PLASTIC CONTAINER WASTE - turning these materials into 'plastic roads' which have successfully been implemented around the world and are an eco-friendly and multi-functional alternative to asphalt.

PVC PIPING WASTE - turning old PVC piping into stabilizers that young children can use on the ice when learning how to skate 

STYROFOAM - incorporate styrofoam into concrete or cob to create load bearing walls with a high insulation capacity

TEXTILE WASTE - weave rugs and runners out of old clothing and other appropriate textiles 

WETSUITS - use old wetsuits to create thick sleeping mats for the homeless, emergency shelters or create dog shelter beds, neoprene is a closed cell foam making it easy to wash and keep clean 

FREESTYLE WASTE - turn wine corks and other cork materials into yoga blocks or re-pupose them into a cork fabric to create wallets, notebook covers and more



Check out the awesome prizes to be won! Thank you to our Prize Sponsors for their contributions 

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$50 gift card to West Coast Refill + mini waste free starter kit

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Cigarette butts

$50 gift card to Zero Waste Emporium

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3 hour Tesla Tour in the Greater Victoria Region

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Gift package valued at $150+

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$150 gift card to Coastline Surf & Sport 

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10 filter coffees at Habit Coffee and 10 filter coffees at Sherwood

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Construction waste

Movie passes to Landmark Cinema valued at $60

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PVC piping

$100 cash prize

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$100 cash prize

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$100 cash prize


Synergy Foundation

300-569 Johnson Street 

Victoria, BC V8W 1M2

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Project Zero respectfully acknowledges that our office is situated on the traditional, unceded territories of the Lekwungen peoples.

Today, we recognize this land is of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.​​