Story in a Bottle Contest

Did you know that plastic can be recycled into fleece jackets, park benches and backpacks? Our city supports the environment in a lot of ways. From recycling to bike sharing to earth-friendly buildings, the people of Chicago are always finding new ways to go green. You can play a role in reducing waste too!

Once you finish using a plastic bottle, you may think that's the end of its story...but that's only the beginning! Think about the journey your bottle goes on. Is it recycled into something else? Does it end up in the ocean? Who does it meet along the way?

Write a story or a poem, draw some pictures, create a comic or choose your own way to share your bottle's adventure.

Complete the form below to send us your creation by Monday, July 30. This contest is open to Earth Explorers aged 5 to 13. Selected participants will receive a backpack full of books and more.

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  • File should be a .jpg, .gif, .png or .pdf. Maximum file size is 3MB. CPL reserves the right to share submitted creations on our website and social media.
    Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf.
    Maximum file size - 3 mega bytes. Allowed file extensions - .jpg .gif .png .pdf.