This project is launching into its second phase! Starting back up in February 2013, the Earth Matters Upcyclers will be meeting weekly at their new “Upcycling Laboratory” space in the Nelson and District Youth Center.

Thank you to the NDYC for hosting us in your space! This project would not be possible without our amazing funders/supporters and we would also like to thank Columbia Basin Trust, Nelson Cares Society, Nelson Credit Union, Central Kootenay Regional District, TD Canada Trust and BC Hydro.

The Lab room is now set up with two working sewing machines, two working sergers, a Fabric cutting station, donated recycled textiles, a local sewing expert (Nic) and two excited coordinators (Heather and Sarah) :)

Stay tuned for the next productive and fun stage of the project where we will be upcycling old Shambhala tents into grocery bags and jackets and selling them back to the festival!


Get involved educating your community on rethinking our waste.




All youth ages 15-25 are encouraged to sign up.

The project is free to participate in and aims to reduce as many other barriers as possible. The project aims to be a safe and fun space.

This project is supported by: