The competition is open to all public secondary schools in the province of Cebu, excluding the schools situated in the Metro Cebu Area—Cebu City, Mandaue City, Lapu-lapu City, and Talisay City. 1


In the competition, participating secondary schools will work with their students, the Parent Teachers and Community Association (PTCA), and other community-based groups to collect used PET bottles and showcase an existing or create a new innovative solution for upcycling2 the PET bottles not only to address the issue of plastic waste pollution but also reusing these PET bottles as a means to address other challenges or pursue opportunities in their community and add value in their day to day lives such as, but not limited to secure livelihoods, community infrastructure, health, disaster risk reduction, and other development projects.


Participating secondary schools should partner with an active and registered community-based organization, cooperative or association within their respective communities. Additional points will be given to upcycling solutions that involve partnerships with local businesses, the private sector, other NGOs, and their local government unit.


Solution search participants must document the process and output of their innovation through an accomplished entry form provided by Nature Spring Foundation, Inc.


The project solution must involve the participation of children of the school, the local youth, and women of the community. A project committee structure must actively involve these groups in decision-making.

1 These areas are excluded to prevent the disruption of livelihood of peddlers and scavengers involved in the collection and recycling of plastic bottles.

2 Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. Upcycling is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other face of the recycling process.