Circular Economy – 1.30-4.30 Wed 22 Feb, 36 Dalmeny St EH6 8RG
Circular Economy: Managing Resources Responsibly – 1.30-4.30pm Wednesday 22 February 2017 at Out of the Blue, 36 Dalmeny St EH6 8RG.
Scotland aspires to being a Circular Economy Nation -
What does this mean for our economy, our civil society and citizens?
How can we contribute?
What impact might this approach have in reducing carbon emissions?
What initiatives are leading the way?
Keynote speakers will set the scene followed by an opportunity for participants to explore ways forward.
Isabella Guerrini de Claire, Aurora Sustainability Consulting, on the regenerative side of Circular Economy
Sophie Unwin, Remade in Edinburgh on The Remakery, 127 Leith Walk
Mike Turner, Swap & Reuse Hub (SHRUB) Co-operative on their Zero Waste Town feasibility study
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Isabella Guerrini de Claire PhD, is co-founder and director of Aurora Sustainability. Her work mostly focuses on the bioeconomy and circular economy projects. With co-founder Iain Findlay, Isabella has recently returned from India, promoting circular economy strategy to state governments.
Isabella has worked all over the world with corporate partners and clients, ensuring that both innovative and sustainable design is integrated into their organisation, so they have the best possible solutions for their challenges. For example, she has delivered circular economy training to private and public bodies such as Zero Waste Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprises and Scottish Development International. Isabella has also successfully helped local farmers in building healthy communities and sustainable food systems.
Sophie Unwin of Remade in Edinburgh founded Remade in Edinburgh to teach repair and reuse skills, and sell recycled and upcycled IT equipment and furniture. Recently voted Social Entrepreneur of the Year Sophie has a vision: one that creates green jobs, and fosters inclusion and community at its heart.
Remade in Edinburgh started in 2011 with £60 and a group of volunteers. Now they employ 10 people, 20 volunteers and 10 freelance tutors. In the year since the Remakery was established over 1,000 people were taught repair skills from upholstery to computer repair. Remade charge on a sliding scale: a free weekly repair surgery at the Remakery in Leith; and charging companies and other organisations to go to them to deliver repair training.
Annual diversion of waste has tripled from 70 to 250 tonnes - partly thanks to a partnership with local charity CHAI, and in return for them providing us with furniture we’ve helped them retain two jobs and continue to provide free furniture to vulnerable people across Edinburgh.
Mike Turner is SwapShop Coordinator for the student-led Swap & Reuse Hub (SHRUB) Co-operative based at 13 Guthrie Street between the Cowgate and Chambers Street. The Shrub is Edinburgh’s hub for creative reuse. Since 2009 it’s grown from an idea into an exciting community hub for sustainable living. Offering hundreds of creative reuse and repair workshops it enables people to reduce their waste by swapping things you don’t need for things you do. Shrub's Values are:
- We believe in empowering people to learn and share new skills and to make a practical difference
- We foster a circular economy by supporting innovation in waste prevention, creative reuse and repair
- We act with integrity and strive to be sustainable in everything we do
- We value inclusivity and work with others to provide a welcoming community for all
- We hold cooperative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity.
Mike will share news of the Co-op's recently awarded Feasibility Study funding to explore potential for south central Edinburgh leading as a Zero Waste Town.
The Drill Hall community cafe is open for you to get lunch before joining in the session.
1.30pm Registration and meeting people, free cup of tea / coffee
2.00pm Welcome to the event and framing the exploratory questions
2.10pm Capturing the topics to be discussed in the later marketplace session
2.20pm Three short contributions leading to questions and answers
3.15pm Round-table marketplace conversations leading to ideas for action
4.15pm Coming together to share the ideas generated