Caritas Luxembourg and “Rethink Your Clothes” have launched the Luxembourg Upcycling Challenge, a competition which aims to promote upcycling in Luxembourg by highlighting new talents.

The winner will be selected by a jury and the best creations will be presented during a fashion show at the Cloche d'Or shopping centre on 15 June 2024.

Upcycling consists of using existing materials and transforming them to extend their lifespan and thus reduce the carbon footprint. Only 0.1% of clothing in Luxembourg is upcycled. A large majority of the population is not yet aware of the concept, according to Caritas Luxembourg. Some accessories are already made in Luxembourg through upcycling, but few people make clothes.

The competition is open to everyone aged sixteen and over. It involves making a box jacket from size M to XL. A box jacket is a straight-cut jacket. It must have a zipper or buttons, long sleeves and pockets and must be made by reusing existing fabrics or clothing.

The winner will receive prizes such as a personal workshop with content creator Natascha Bintz on the topic of brand building, as well as a professional photo shoot with Eilijah Photography. In addition, the best jacket will be sold at the Lët’z Refashion centre for the benefit of the winner.

Since 2021, the Lët'z Refashion centre by sells upcycled and second-hand clothing and accessories. Visitors can discover alternative consumption patterns to fast fashion or buying new clothes. By supporting small businesses, the value of artisanal work is highlighted. The project gives creators a chance to sell their products in a place dedicated to the circular economy.

Lët'z Refashion is a Caritas Luxembourg project as part of the Rethink Your Clothes campaign, which was launched in 2018. The campaign is implemented by Caritas Luxembourg and the Fairtrade NGO Lëtzebuerg, on a mandate from Luxembourg Cooperation.

More information and conditions of participation can be found at the following link: