A unique new festival is coming to Denver, Colorado this weekend – PalletFest is the nation’s first major upcycling festival, and it has been selected to be the city’s first certifiably green event. On October 10th and 11th attendees will get to explore a giant shipping pallet maze, see the first ever pallet build off, view sustainable living demos, watch an upcycled fashion show, and shop from numerous art vendors. Live musical entertainment will be on hand, along with professional parkour athletes on an upcycled obstacle course.
PalletFest will showcase upcycling at its best: The practice of taking “waste” materials and using them to create new objects of greater value than the materials’ original purpose. For example, an old wooden pallet can become a wine rack, a table, a house, and in this case…even an entire festival.
Over 200 Million pallets end up in landfills every year, and Colorado ranks nearly dead last in the nation for recycling. PalletFest aims to put Colorado back on the map through the practice of upcycling; and the city of Denver was chosen to host the festival for this reason. A certificate is to be presented by Denver’s Mayor, Michael B. Hancock on the evening of the 11th honoring the festival as Denver’s first certifiably green event.
Attendees will become more aware of the waste problems and creative solutions for it. This event is about Do-It-Yourself creativity and education as much as it is about entertainment and the environment. Not everyone will become an eco artist, however the movement has created new artisans and a market for them. This boosts local economies and brings attention to the waste cycle. The event is free to the public in hopes that PalletFest can expose as many people as possible to this cause.
PalletFest was created and successfully crowdfunded by eco-entrepreneur Kenneth Fisher. He aims to take PalletFest on a national tour following the initial event in Colorado.