March Forum Dates for your diaries: CRNS is pleased to announce the dates of the first National Forums for 2015. The Forums provide an opportunity for our repair, reuse and recycling organisations to network, get strategic updates from CRNS and engage with a speaker on a topic of interest. Food and refreshments are provided. These events are free for CRNS members 19th March – Glasgow. (Orkney Street Enterprise Centre, Govan). 10am to 12.30pm. The speaker is Willie Dunn from Midlothian Advice and Resource Centre (MARC): “Partnership Working with Midlothian Council” 24th March – Edinburgh (Changeworks Recycling Offices). 10am to 12.30pm. The speaker is Ewan Walker from Edinburgh NW Foodbank. “Foodbanks and Food Poverty Issues in Edinburgh” 25th March – Dundee (Tayside Reusers Offices). The speaker is Pauline Hinchion from SCRT “The Scottish Re-Investment Trust (SCRT): Financial Services by the third sector, for the third sector. Places are limited, to book your place please contact firstname.lastname@example.org today.
There is just under one month for planning the perfect Mother’s Day surprise. With the help of CRNS and its members it shouldn’t cost the earth. ‘Mother’s day is a special family celebration,’ says Mary McLuskey, CEO of CRNS. ‘If you are looking for inspiration visit CRNS, put in your postcode and find a CRNS member near you to source a beautiful pre-loved gift that doesn’t cost the earth. Your time, and love, can make all the difference and make your mum feel really special all day.’ Here are our top three favourite 2015 ideas that we would like to share with you. Vintage Afternoon Tea Let mum relax while everyone else gets together to lay on a vintage-inspired afternoon tea. Planning will make it a special Sunday afternoon tea so give plenty of thought to giving your room a vintage makeover with retro mis-matched crockery, a floral tablecloth and pretty posies. Many CRNS membership organisations such as Furniture Plus in Dunfermline stock a range of vintage tea cups and plates, cake stands etc. Adding a table cloth and napkins will all add to the feel of a very special Mother’s Day and try serving up traditional classics like a fresh cream Victoria sponge, cucumber sandwiches and homemade scones. Dip some fresh strawberries into chocolate and arrange on a platter – the fresh fruit will hopefully please the health-conscious side while the chocolate coating will be just enough of an indulgence for the day to seem like a holiday. If you are able to stretch the budget then a cold glass of Prosecco will add a little sparkle to the whole occasion and tea served from a traditional tea pot into vintage tea cups will add grace and
Celebrated in March this is the perfect occasion to appreciate vintage, sort through your clutter, get nostalgic, revisit your past and celebrate old stuff. This might mean simply wearing your favourite jeans with the frayed cuffs or cleaning out your entire wardrobe or kitchen cabinets and packing off items you no long wear or use to one of our membership organisations. To find one near you use the search box in the right hand column. Appreciate vintage Visit one of our membership organisations or an antique store and find yourself something interesting, be it a gramophone, a paisley hat or an original Han Solo action figure still in its original packaging (good luck with that last one). Declutter Sort through all of the old stuff in your home. Do you still need it all? If there’s something you can get rid of, don’t just throw it in the junk; it could make a thoughtful gift, or please take it along to one of our membership organisations. Search for one in the column to the right. Be nostalgic Find some old photographs, trinkets and toys, then share happy memories with friends and family over a coffee. Filling your day with “oldies” of all sorts takes prior planning. Gather food and beverages that remind you of your youth; see if cold cereal from your childhood still tastes as good now as it did then, and plan on macaroni and cheese for dinner. Spend your day visiting one or our membership organisations (we have members all over Scotland) antique shops or your local historical museum, and end the day with a meal of aged beef, pasta with aged Parmesan cheese and a bottle of vintage wine. Revisit Your Past
We’re proud supporters of national Go Green Week. Organised by People and Planet the week focuses on climate change and options for greener alternatives! ‘CRNS strongly believes in the principals of no waste, only resources, so we are delighted to support national Go Green Week,’ says Mary McLuskey, CEO of CRNS. ‘Greener alternatives is the way to go and involving children and students will make a massive difference to our future. For example one of the biggest problems to occur in recycling is when incorrect items are put in the recycling bins. It can slow down the whole process or even clog and damage machinery and other equipment. Something as simple as teaching how to separate different items and materials for recycling can make all the difference.’ People and Planet has suggested a whole host of activities that you can get involved in during the week. And this year Go Green Week coincides with the first Global Divestment Day of Action, which will take place on 13 February 2015. To find out more and download a pack visit PEOPLE AND PLANET.
Zero Waste Scotland is urging Scots to go online at www.crns.org.uk or telephone 0800 0665 820 to give pre-loved items a second chance this Valentine’s Day. Scots gearing up for Valentine’s Day are being asked to spare a thought for the unloved items languishing in their homes and garages, and either visit www.crns.org.uk or make a call to the National re-use phone line to pass their items on to bring happiness to a new owner. As a nation, our love affairs with our household items often end badly for the products, with once-smitten owners making the fateful trip to the tip to drop the family sofa, a child’s first bed or an armchair that just saw one too many nights in, into skips headed for landfill. With CRNS and Zero Waste Scotland’s National re-use phone line, it doesn’t have to end this way. Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland Iain Gulland said: “The things we buy can bring us lots of happiness over the years, but at some point we end up upgrading for something new. Our message is that if your item is still in good condition, it could still go on to be loved by someone else after you if you pass it on. That’s why we created the National re-use phone line, to give people an easy way to make sure their unwanted stuff can find a perfect match somewhere else.” Zero Waste Scotland also supports CRNS, Scotland’s national reuse, repair and recycling charity. With members throughout Scotland actively involved in the reuse, repair and recycling sector, the charity champions the reuse of pre-loved items. Commenting on this latest initiative of Zero Waste Scotland, Mary McLuskey CEO of CRNS said: “There are a range of
Our CEO Mary McLuskey has been recognised in the Resource Magazine’s ‘Hot 100’ of key movers and shakers in the waste and recycling industry. Still completing her first year as CEO of CRNS, Mary has entered at number 46 for ‘bringing a renewed focus to the reuse, repair and recycling sector in Scotland’. The Hot 100, compiled annually by Resource Magazine, is packed with the top influencers from government, local authorities, the community sector, academia and industry as well as campaigners, all delivering change to help the UK move towards a resource efficient economy. Commenting on the Top 100, Mary McLuskey said: ‘CRNS is a membership organisation and I’m really proud of our work that is bringing a renewed focus to the reuse, repair and recycling sector. Thousands of people vote in Resource’s annual Hot 100 list of the most influential people in the industry and it is an honour to be recognised. Congratulations to Rachelle Strauss, blogger at My Zero Waste for achieving the number one spot. Only filling one bin in an entire year is an incredible feat and she is definitely one of the brightest sparks in the resources industry.’
Currently there’s a clear gap and opportunity to increase ‘reuse’ rates in Scotland. The Green Alliance Report findings highlight new jobs are within reach. Two independently reported research/news items published recently make startling claims regarding jobs and resources. Philip Inman, Economics Correspondent for the Guardian reported on the Green Alliance data stating that, ‘200,000 jobs could be created as the economy shifts to reusing materials traditionally discarded by businesses and households, according to a study by a leading green charity.’ Green Alliance said the jobs could be created by a new breed of companies that embrace recycling and the servicing of goods to prolong their lifespan. The report argued that the move could stimulate jobs in areas of high unemployment that specialise in services exported to the rest of the country. Firms spearheading ways to share services, such as car clubs, could also spur a growth in low and semi-skilled jobs. At the same time as The Guardian was reporting on the value of reusing resources and the possible impact on the economy. Scotland’s chief statistician released statistics which showed that during the first 18 months of the scheme, 53,000 households received a total of 59,000 awards for community care grants, while around 83,000 households – including 17,000 households who also received community care grants – received a total of 134,000 crisis grant awards that averaged around £70 per award. Further information in the Green Alliance report created with support from Wrap says by 2030 there would be 205,000 extra jobs and a 54,000 drop in unemployment. In Scotland, figures published for 2013 shows the average household waste per capita sits at 452.9kg and a 42.2% recycling rate (Local Authority League Tables, Resource Winter 2015). There
Thinking about a traditional St Valentine’s Day present for your loved one? Perhaps a hand-made card, box of chocolates or bouquet of flowers? How much of it then gets thrown away – the envelope, cellophane wrapping, chocolate box, chocolate wrappers, ribbon, wrapping papers – the list could go on! Yet it doesn’t have to be that way. You can spend your time and money on a gift that keeps giving and which doesn’t involve most of your money going in the bin. ‘There are a range of alternative ideas for St Valentine’s Day that will still say how much you care,’ says Mary McLuskey, CEO of CRNS. ‘The day itself is the perfect occasion to spread your love not just for your sweetheart but also for the environment and your pocket. Pre-oved can have a lot of character and charm and be in great condition. Our love is pre-loved and we hope that yours can be too.’ Stuck for ideas? Check out a few below to get you started. Buy a pre-loved gift. Many of our membership organisations sell fabulous collections of pre-loved items including shoes, bags, jewellery, gifts and much more. To find a member near you click the search box to the right. Make a personal pledge This is something that is free to do and will come from the heart! Pledge to do a chore such as put out the recycling for a month, vacuuming the house, cleaning the bathroom, clearing the loft out and selling the contents, or repairing those items you didn’t get around to fixing. Doing this for a period of time is bound to put you in your loved one’s good books and will show them that you
CRNS member New Start Highland has safeguarded the future of HomeAid Caithness & Sutherland with the announcement that it will now run daily operations. The move protects ten current jobs as well as existing and future traineeships and plans are in place to create more local jobs in the Caithness area. Headquartered in Inverness, New Start Highland is an award-winning social enterprise which provides a range of community services throughout the Highlands. The organisation helps over 1,000 people a year and offers housing support services, furniture re-use programmes as well as comprehensive employment training services. Commenting on the change Mary McLuskey, CEO of CRNS said: ‘CRNS is aware that current economic conditions are very challenging for many of our members. We are delighted that the good work of HomeAid will continue and we wish both organisations every success in this new venture. Sharing problems and issues can be the start of implementing change and I would like to state that CRNS is here for all our members. There is an emerging trend on funding issues and the tension between funding streams and the long-term sustainability for smaller social enterprises. There is the need to rethink community engagement and it is hoped that positive changes will emerge from the debate on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill.’ James Dunbar, chief executive of New Start Highland, commented: “By taking on the HomeAid Caithness & Sutherland business, we are securing the vital service delivered by this much loved local social enterprise. In current uncertain times of cuts and austerity we are dedicated to protecting and creating local jobs and traineeships. I commend the HomeAid Caithness & Sutherland board for its proactive and forward thinking ethos and very much look forward to