SMILE Resource Exchange and Cork County Council are delighted to collaborate on Reuse Republic, a public event that aims to bring together some of Cork’s best upcyclers, reuse initiatives and eco businesses whilst encouraging people to Rethink Your Waste!

The event will take place in the foyer of Cork County Hall on next Monday 23rd October from 10.00am to 3.00pm and all are welcome to attend.

Reuse Republic will see the SMILE Resource Exchange and Cork County Council join forces with exhibitors such as:
– Mamukko Luxury Bags & Luggage, a Kinsale company creating luxury lifestyle goods from upcycled sailcloth and tarpaulin
–, who create an eco-friendly home insulation product from recycled newspapers
– IRD Duhallow Revamp Project, a North Cork furniture upcycling initiative
– Boomerang Enterprises who deconstruct post-consumer mattresses and research potential manufacturing opportunities with the component parts
– Circular Ocean, an EU funded project that inspires communities to realise the hidden economic opportunities of discarded fishing nets and ropes in the Northern Periphery & Arctic region
– Net Map, a resulting project funded by the EPA that aims to find a solution to the increasing issue of waste marine nets and plastics in Ireland
– Green Business, a national programme tasked with assisting businesses to reduce their waste, water and energy
– Stop Food Waste, a national initiative tackling food waste across industry and households

Michelle Green, who manages the SMILE Resource Exchange, says of the event: “We are delighted to collaborate with Cork County Council on Reuse Republic and it’s particularly fitting to hold this event during October’s Reuse Month. Through SMILE, we get to meet some of the country’s most innovative, sustainable business owners so it’s very exciting to bring some of them together to meet the public.

“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. The exhibition promises to be lively, informative and inspiring.”

In the spirit of reuse, ladies are asked to gather any no-longer used, gently worn, office appropriate clothes in advance of the event, as a collection will be held on the day by Dress for Success Cork. Part of a global initiative aimed at empowering women to achieve economic independence, the organisation supports women who are entering or re-entering the workforce, in part by providing them with professional attire for interviews and office wear.

Sean O’Sullivan, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office South Cork and Chairman of the SMILE Resource Exchange project comments: “Cork County Council is proud to support this innovative project and delighted to see the hard work of the team behind it being rewarded by the prestigious Pakman Awards. We have seen first-hand the economic benefits to businesses of engaging with the SMILE Resource Exchange and strongly encourage others to get involved.”

SMILE is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, Cork County Council, Cork City Council, Local Enterprise Offices, Southern Region Waste Management Office, Eastern Midlands Waste Management Office, Connacht Ulster Waste Management Office and South Dublin County Council.

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Source: Smile Resource Exchange