Reuse Republic Cork

Date of issue: October 24, 2017

On October 23rd, Circular Ocean partners “Maroom E” were invited to take part in the inaugural “Reuse Republic”, the first event of its kind to be held in Cork, Ireland. A collaboration between the SMILE Resource Exchange and Cork County Council, Reuse Republic was a public event that brought together some of Cork’s best upcyclers, reuse initiatives and eco businesses. With an underlying message of Rethink Your Waste, Reuse Republic aimed to showcase just a snapshot of the businesses, support organisations and community initiatives, working in the reuse sector locally.

Exhibitors included quirky yet luxurious luggage, bags and accessories from Mamukko, a Kinsale based company that upcycles sailcloth and tarpaulin; exhibited insulation products made from recycled newspaper; IRD Duhallow Revamp project and Macroom Men’s Shed showed off their upcycled furniture, bird boxes and cribs; Food Cloud explained how their surplus food redistribution network operates; the Circular Ocean project presented a colourful display of products from around the work, made out of waste marine plastics; Boomerang Enterprises showed how they dismantle and recycle post-consumer mattresses; Stop Food Waste gave some handy hints and tips for householders to reduce their food bills and waste; Green Business explained how they assist organisations to run more efficiently, reducing their waste, water and energy use; Community Reuse Network advised how they support reuse initiatives nationally; the Southern Waste Region were on hand as the public body with responsibility for meeting waste management objectives; Dress for Success Cork held a collection of gently worn, office appropriate clothing which they will pass on to clients entering or re-entering the workforce.

Reuse Republic is one of a series of events and campaigns taking place during October Reuse Month, a national initiative aimed at promoting reuse and repair. This exhibition was a lively, colourful mix of commercial reuse opportunities, support organisations and community focused initiatives in Cork.