Enactus Creates Glass Repurposing Competition, article by Nicolas Cordero

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The Rocky Mountain College Enactus team in partnership with the SCRaP makerspace in Billings announced the Broken Bottle Bout glass art competition. The Broken Glass project seeks to reduce the amount of glass that ends up in landfills by repurposing disposed glass.

Students and community members can help create sustainable solutions with the chance of winning cash prizes. Enactus created this competition to give members of the Billings community an opportunity to share their ideas on what can be done with glass.

IMG_3154The four categories in the competition are: best solution, professional, amateur, and student. Any submission that demonstrates an alternative use for disposed glass that can be reliably produced and sold will be rewarded with $1500. Pieces developed by a professional artist are eligible for a $1500 prize. Art pieces created by an amateur are eligible for a $750 prize. Any piece submitted by a student enrolled in a high school or undergraduate college is also eligible for a $750 prize.

The art must be originally designed, physical objects made by the artists submitting it. Submitted pieces must be ready for display and include all necessary components for the exhibit. Participants must be 16 years of age or older.
The rules of the competition also state that the art pieces must be composed of at least 25 percent repurposed or disposed glass. All applications along with pictures of each submitted art piece must be emailed to enactus@rocky.edu by Feb, 28. The final product of the selected art pieces must be delivered to SCRaP by March,19.

Submissions will be accepted until Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m. It is up to the artist to determine if they will submit their work for amateur or professional categories. Jury announcement of selected art pieces will take place March 26. On April 9, the competition winners will be announced.

RMC senior and enactus member, Gabriel Aponte, has been part of Enactus for over a year and led the Broken Glass project. Aponte is a native of Venezuela and is motivated by sustainable solutions that can work as viable business models.

“We are now moving to a construction and landscape idea,” said Aponte. “We acquired a glass pulverizer. After the glass is processed we can sell sacks of that for landscaping, parking lots, or construction.”

IMG_8184According to the Enactus team, there is more than 48,000 tons of glass waste being sent to landfills in Montana. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. They provide a platform for students to create community development projects that put people’s own ingenuity and talents at the center of improving their livelihoods. Broken Bottle Bout is one of those projects.  

RMC junior and Enactus member, Emiline Lafarge, has been a crucial part in the development of the Broken Glass project. Lafarge is from France and has been part of the Enactus team for a year. Lafarge said the competition is a way to raise awareness of the lack of glass recycling in the state of Montana.

“Many people don’t realize it’s one of the only states without glass recycling,” said Lafarge. “We want to make people aware that since we are not recycling it would be nice to do something else with the glass, instead of putting it in the landfill.”
Only one category is allowed for each submission, except for “Best solution.” Anyone may enter the “Best solution” category as well as one of the other three categories.

The application form must be turned in, along with two to four pictures of each product or artwork, through the website submission form. Physical mail will not be accepted.

The SCRaP makerspace is available for contestants that want to participate. Glass bottles, crushed glass, and tools are available at SCRaP for creating your submissions. SCRaP is located near downtown Billings at 7 N 18th St, Billings, MT. If you have an idea on how to use glass, be it an art piece, or a functioning product, Enactus wants to see it.

For more information visit shopbrokenglass.com, or email the Enactus team of Rocky Mountain College at enactus@rocky.edu.

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