Our recent projects

One of CRNI’s primary goals is to promote reuse. We achieve this through campaigns that highlight the importance and value of community reuse and recycling. Some past and present campaigns are highlighted below.

These campaigns have all been funded through the EPA’s Green Enterprise programme, which aims to ensure that cleaner greener production, re-use and ecoefficiency become the established norm in Ireland. For more information on this programme, please visit the EPA website.

ECOStep Youth Project: February 2017 - January 2019

ECOStep is an exciting project aimed at engaging young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in creative reuse projects. CRNI is the Irish partner to the project, and is working with its members Rediscovery Centre and ReCreate in delivering the outputs.

The project is funded under the EU ERASMUS+ KA2 programme. It will involve engaging youth ambassadors from Ireland, France, Morocco, Spain and Greece to lead teams into an international reuse design competition and an interactive website to communicate green job opportunities and to inspire young people to reuse. The project will aim to provide the youth involved with confidence in new professional perspectives, to help them become environmentally aware and committed citizens and to open up new opportunities for them in the creative reuse of waste. The project outcomes will be disseminated at public workshops as well as via the ecostep website here: http://ecostep-youth.eu/ and social media.

Reuse Quality Mark: December 2016 - February 2018

This EPA funded Green Enterprise project aims to establish the value of a reuse quality mark for Ireland / Northern Ireland in strengthening consumer confidence in reused goods.

As part of the project, five CRNI members have been selected to pilot a certification process intended to improve their processes and systems, shop design, and customer experience. When each participant successfully completes the process, they receive QMark standard accreditation and become eligible to display the QMark “Re-Use Quality Excellence” brand. Customer surveys and broader consumer research will be conducted throughout the process in order to gauge public and industry reaction to the standard. If the pilot is successful, further funding (e.g. EU funding) will be sought to roll out the QMark to the broader reuse sector.

Revival Roadshow: May - September 2015

The Revival Roadshow by CRNI in summer 2015 was a mobile reuse workshop space funded by the EPA Green Enterprise programme. This took the form of a fully upcycled decommissioned Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance. The overall aim was to bring reuse events to a geographically diverse audience. In total over 60 reuse workshops were carried out at festivals and with schools and community groups all over Ireland. The Revival Roadshow garnered a good deal of media interest with TV coverage featuring on both Nationwide and Eco Eye.

Pop-up Shop: May - August 2014

Revival by CRNI was a pop-up eco-store in Dublin city centre showcasing the very best of Irish reuse and redesign. Every item in the store was rescued, recovered and upcycled or reused. The project was funded under the EPA Green Enterprise Programme.

The aim of the pop-up shop project was to transform the way people think and shop by upcycling thse things that people normally throw out. A further aim of the project was to test the market for reuse, upcycled and second-hand items on the Irish high street.

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