The message is... reuse and upcycle

The message is... reuse and upcycle
Toddler Caitriona Twomey, Katherine Corkery, Project Co-ordinator, SMILE Resource Exchange and Julie Crowley, Project Co-ordinator, SMILE Resource Exchange with upcycled furniture from Duhallow Furniture Revamp and The Front Porch, Macroom launching Reuse Republic.Pic: Darragh Kane

AN exhibition featuring some of Cork and Ireland’s most imaginative and innovative upcyclers, reuse initiatives and eco-businesses will take place at Cork County Hall on Wednesday, October 31.

Ted O’Leary, Environment Directorate, Cork County Council and Julie Crowley, Project Co-ordinator, SMILE Resource Exchange with upcycled furniture from Duhallow Furniture Revamp and The Front Porch, Macroom launching Reuse Republic.Pic: Darragh Kane
Ted O’Leary, Environment Directorate, Cork County Council and Julie Crowley, Project Co-ordinator, SMILE Resource Exchange with upcycled furniture from Duhallow Furniture Revamp and The Front Porch, Macroom launching Reuse Republic.Pic: Darragh Kane

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. The exhibition is free to attend and members of the public are encouraged to come along.

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 much-needed funding for the Laura Lynn Foundation. 

In addition to this and in the spirit of reuse, Dress for Success, a global initiative with a local branch in Cork which supports women to enter or re-enter the workforce, is asking for gently-worn, office-appropriate clothing donations.

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 perceptions and attitudes towards single use."

Mayor of Cork County Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy and Katherine Corkery, Project Co-ordinator, SMILE Resource Exchange with upcycled furniture from Duhallow Furniture Revamp and The Front Porch, Macroom launching Reuse Republic. Pic: Darragh Kane
Mayor of Cork County Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy and Katherine Corkery, Project Co-ordinator, SMILE Resource Exchange with upcycled furniture from Duhallow Furniture Revamp and The Front Porch, Macroom launching Reuse Republic. Pic: Darragh Kane

“Ireland has made enormous progress on recycling, which is something we should be rightly proud of," said Councillor Patrick Gerard Murphy, Mayor of the County of Cork. 

"However, we shouldn’t forget that “Reuse” is nearly always a better option than recycling." 

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 Mens Shed, Netmap and the Rediscovery Centre and National sustainability programmes such as the Community Reuse Network Ireland, the Conscious Cup Campaign, Repak, SMILE, the Southern Waste Management Region and WEEE Ireland, with more to be confirmed.

‘Reuse Republic’ will coincide with Reuse Month October, a countrywide initiative funded by the three Waste Management Regional Authorities and managed by the Community Reuse Network Ireland to promote reuse with a nationwide series of events.

Reuse Republic takes place at Cork County Hall on Wednesday, October 31 from 10am to 3pm. Admission is free.


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