From the pencil sharpener on your desk to the bottle you’re drinking from,

All your stuff has a Story!

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Perhaps your pencil started its story as a tree in Brazil… your plastic water bottle was created from oil originating as far away as Saudi Arabia… your phone contains metal originating from the likes of Asia, South America and Africa!

About The Story Of Your Stuff

The Story of Your Stuff is a competition aimed at second level students that challenges them to investigate the life cycle of their everyday ‘stuff’, such as a pencil or a bottle, and use the resources on the EPA’s Ireland’s Environment website to assist with their research. The ultimate aim of the competition is that the students, and by extension their classmates, teachers, friends and family, will become more aware of their environment and make everyday choices in their lives to have a positive impact on the planet. Students are invited to visually tell the story of an object through a creative medium of their choice (including video, animation, infographics, photography) considering the entirety of the object’s life cycle. This includes what may become of it if it is correctly recycled, and what can happen to it if it is not.

Reflecting that our earth’s resources are finite, it’s vital that we all consciously consider our consumption choices: TSOYS empowers students to make environmentally conscious decisions about their ‘stuff’, and to share the message among their classmates, teachers, friends and family. These decisions affect our well-being, the people around us and the environment: our ‘stuff’ and the decisions we make about it directly impacts our planet. TSOYS projects get people thinking, talking and making changes.

Explore the story of your stuff

Let’s get thinking about… stuff! Chances are most of the items you use on a daily basis began their life as something else. The Story of Your Stuff is all about thinking about where your stuff comes from and becoming more aware of the life cycle of products and the transformations they go through along the way. By becoming more aware of the ‘story of your stuff’ you begin to understand why recycling and using recyclable materials on a daily basis is so important.

Unleash your creativity

We want you to unleash your creativity to tell the story of your stuff… pick an object – any object and tell the story of its life cycle through a visual creative medium of your choice. This can include video, animation, infographics, or photography. Projects should look at the entirety of the object’s life, including what becomes of it if it is correctly recycled, and what can happen to it if it is not.

If your're submitting a video project and thinking of using music, remember that it must be copyright- or royalty-free. Check out YouTube https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music or Incompetech http://incompetech.com/ libraries for some choices. Remember it’s illegal to use copyrighted music on your videos so using these websites is best unless you want to create your own music!.

Why should you enter TSOYS?

TSOYS gives you the opportunity to use your creative talents to highlight the importance to everyone of safeguarding Ireland’s environment. It also gives you the knowledge to make environmentally conscious decisions about your ‘stuff’, and to share the message with your friends and family. As well as all that, the winning entry receives a prize of €500, with an additional €500 going to the winner’s school. The winning entries will also be showcased on the TSOYS website for the world to see.