An Irish team of young upcyclers has won the international design competition held under the ECOStep youth project (see here).

Competing against three other countries in Europe and Africa, the team put together an outdoor bench from old tyre tubes to highlight the impact of used tyres and difficulty in recycling them. The team was presented with a trip to visit the European Parliament by Lynn Boylan MEP for their winning entry. Two other teams participated from Ireland, entering lampshades made from straws and a cable wheel raising awareness about homelessness and plastic waste.

The design works, along with short videos illustrating key terminology in the upcycling and reuse world, and interviews with professionals in the area, will all be compiled into an interactive web documentary to inspire people to reuse and encourage young people into careers in this area.

  • June 20, 2018

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CRNI received funding from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and rural Affairs in 2020 to carry out a pilot establishing a reuse and repair network in Northern Ireland.

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Circular Textiles

CRNI is leading an EPA Green Enterprise project Circular Textiles, which will test the impact of three different separate collection systems for textiles and explore how we could manage the additional quantity of textiles that are collected. This project will be concluded in 2022.

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