Up­cy­cling expo on the ta­ble

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Seán O’Rior­dan

A spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion is to be held later this month which will fo­cus on in­no­va­tive busi­nesses which ex­tend the life of ma­te­ri­als by ‘up­cy­cling’ them.

The ‘Re­use Repub­lic’ ex­hi­bi­tion will take place at County Hall on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31 from 10am to 3pm and ad­mis­sion is free.

It will fea­ture some of Cork and Ire­land’s most imag­i­na­tive and in­no­va­tive up­cy­clers, re­use ini­tia­tives and eco-busi­nesses.

Now in its sec­ond year, ‘Re­use Repub­lic’ will show­case prod­ucts made by or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als from end-of-life ma­te­ri­als as well as ini­tia­tives en­cour­ag­ing re­use.

Hosted by SMILE Re­source Ex­change and Cork County Coun­cil, ‘Re­use Repub­lic’ aims to give its au­di­ence a sense of the wide range of pos­si­bil­i­ties and op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist in ex­tend­ing the per­ceived life of ma­te­ri­als.

Bat­ter­ies

Among the ex­hibitors con­firmed is WEEE Ire­land who will be do­ing a col­lec­tion for waste bat­ter­ies on the day.

WEEE Ire­land’s bat­tery col­lec­tions help with much­needed fund­ing for the Laura Lynn Foun­da­tion, a very wor­thy cause as it is be­hind Ire­land’s Chil­dren’s Hospice.

In ad­di­tion to this and in the spirit of re­use, women are asked to gather any gen­tly worn, of­fice-ap­pro­pri­ate cloth­ing as a col­lec­tion will be held on the day for Dress For Suc­cess, a global ini­tia­tive with a lo­cal branch in Cork, that sup­ports women who are en­ter­ing or re-en­ter­ing the work­force.

Speak­ing ahead of the ex­hi­bi­tion, Kather­ine Corkery, project man­ager with SMILE, said: “Ul­ti­mately we hope that peo­ple will visit Re­use Repub­lic and leave the ex­hi­bi­tion more in­formed about re­use and hav­ing changed their per- cep­tions and at­ti­tudes to­wards sin­gle use.”

She said Ire­land has made enor­mous progress on re­cy­cling.

Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Pa­trick Ger­ard Murphy said peo­ple shouldn’t for­get that “Re­use” is nearly al­ways a bet­ter op­tion than re­cy­cling.

“The county coun­cil looks to sup­port ini­tia­tives that pro­mote and en­cour­age re­use and, for that rea­son, we’re de­lighted to host this Re­use Repub­lic event in part­ner­ship with SMILE Re­source Ex­change,” Cllr Murphy said.

Con­firmed ex­hibitors in­clude eco-busi­nesses such as Eco­cel, the Baby Mar­kets and The Up­cy­cle Move­ment, re­use ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing Boomerang, Cir­cu­lar Ocean, Duhal­low Fur­ni­ture Re­vamp, Mac­room Men’s Shed, Netmap and the Re­dis­cov­ery Cen­tre.

There will also be a pres­ence on the day from na­tional sus­tain­abil­ity pro­grammes such as the Com­mu­nity Re­use Net­work Ire­land, the Con­scious Cup Cam­paign, Repak, SMILE, the South­ern Waste Man­age­ment Re­gion and WEEE Ire­land.

Pic­ture: Dar­ragh Kane

Ted O’Leary, En­vi­ron­ment Di­rec­torate, Cork County Coun­cil, with Kather­ine Corkery and Julie Crow­ley, project co­or­di­na­tors with SMILE Re­source Ex­change in ad­vance of the ‘Re­use Repub­lic’ ex­hi­bi­tion which takes place at County Hall on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 31.

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