[CONTEST CLOSED] Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: a Gently Used Contest!

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UPDATE: This contest has ended — huge thanks to everyone who shared their recycling photos and stories! Congrats to our three randomly selected winners: @zRobert@JossyK, and @TMRoberts!


It’s National Recycling Day here in the U.S. and we thought why not repurpose one of our past contests for a little recycling fun


Did you know electronic waste or e-waste is the fastest growing source of waste globally? A lot of what’s considered “e-waste” is not waste at all though! According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a lot of it is whole electronic equipment or parts that could be reused or recycled.


That’s why we chose to focus on upcycling old tech to create delightful new trinkets like the adorable wireshark @Nash crocheted from old cables (read the story here!). By finding innovative new ways to repurpose our tech, we can all do our part in helping to keep plastics and toxic waste out of our landfills. (Of course, companies and organizations must do their part too. Cisco has a Takeback and Reuse Program to that end.)


We love seeing all of the creative ways you come up with to repurpose tech too! Like how @redsector transformed these little bags Meraki devices come in, into an advent calendar that keeps the Meraki holiday spirit alive for years to come.


Traditional German holiday advent calendar made from Meraki packaging by @redsectorTraditional German holiday advent calendar made from Meraki packaging by @redsector


Or how @Nick_S-B converted a redundant Cisco 4506 chassis into a nifty coffee table for the company’s breakout area just by adding a logo and a glass top!


Coffee table made from Cisco chassis by @Nick_S-BCoffee table made from Cisco chassis by @Nick_S-B

For this contest, we want to know how you are transforming your busted, broken, or simply outdated tech to give it new life as a completely reimagined masterpiece or by passing it on to someone who will get plenty of use from it. Let’s see those pics of your old MX appliance turned paperweight! Got grand plans but no photographic evidence? That’s okay, too. You can simply tell us about your project or the plans you have in store to reduce e-waste through reusing or recycling old tech.


How to Win

In a comment on this post, submit your repurposed or upcycled tech as an image or via a brief description and be entered to win swag. Submit your entry on this blog post before 11 a.m. EST on Monday, November 21st (11/21/2022).We’ll then draw three at random to win a Meraki Hydroflask mug! Your entries will be public and visible throughout the contest.

 Continue reducing and reusing with this mug!Continue reducing and reusing with this mug!




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