Upcycling expo on the table
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.
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.
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.