Recycling all waste: paper, card, food, plastics, metal and glass
Reusing items by repurposing, redistributing or sharing them
Redesigning their business model to reduce or eliminate waste.
We spoke to Stephanie Bowring, Communications Manager at the Edinburgh Remakery, to find out more about their how the business charter has helped the Remakery.
Why did you join the Business Charter?
We are thrilled to be part of the Zero Waste Leith Business Charter to prove our commitment to waste reduction. We don’t just repair broken clothing, furniture and electronics, we teach people how to perform the repairs themselves. This is creating an alternative to a disposable society and building a stronger, waste-free community. Seeing the increase in customer engagement proves there is a genuine desire to learn new skills and move towards a zero-waste community. Through partnerships with like-minded initiatives Edinburgh we hope to provide as many people as possible with repair and reuse skills and services, and ensure they are available to our most vulnerable citizens through our #RemakeADifference community projects.
What have you changed as a result of joining the charter?
The Edinburgh Remakery has expanded the hours of its free weekly repair evenings to include furniture and textile repairs, as well as fixing IT equipment. At a repair evening anyone from the community can spend one-on-one time with a repair specialist, have their broken items mended at no cost and have the opportunity to learn a new skill which will allow them to repair and reuse more of their belongings in future. A newly acquired van, for furniture and IT equipment collections and deliveries, has also allowed the Remakery to deliver refurbished and reused furniture across the whole of Edinburgh, and offer free collections of unwanted, second-hand goods. The Remakery has repaired and refurbished these items for resale in their retail space, or delivery to local homelessness charities. So far this has diverted 1,323kg of usable material from landfill and recycling centres.
How has being part of the charter helped you succeed?
Since expanding our repair evening hours, the Edinburgh Remakery has seen an increase in the number of participants attending to get their items fixed. Being part of Zero Waste Leith and the Business Charter has helped to raise the profile of the repair surgeries and furniture reuse service, which so far has resulted in 138 items of furniture being collected from Leith residents since joining the business charter.