Remade in Edinburgh teaches repair skills. The organisation helps prevent waste by teaching people ‘make do and mend’ so that things last longer. The training focuses mainly on computer, textile, and furniture repair and reuse.
This bustling creative repair hub in the centre of town is all about promoting repair and finding new imaginative uses for things which might otherwise have ended up in the bin.
Chief Executive of Community Resource Network Scotland Mary McLuskey said Remade in Edinburgh had been chosen as part of Choose to Reuse week because it shows the trend towards “upcycling”.
Amanda Blackadder of Remade in Edinburgh said: “Upcycling is when something that is considered rubbish is turned into something really beautiful and useful. So old blankets can be turned into hot water bottle covers, bits of broken glass can be made into mosaic, LEDs from old computers can be re used as reflectors in cycling gear.”
The organisation started in 2011 when founder Sophie Unwin decided she wanted to create a community based environmental project that helped people repair things or remake them rather than throwing them away.
Remade in Edinburgh began as a weekly drop in workshop and now has its own Old Town premises at 17 Guthrie Street.
The centre holds a weekly drop in repair surgery on Wednesday evenings between 7pm and 9pm – and also runs classes in rug making, textiles and technology. In 2015 they will also be running workshops in furniture repair and restoration.
One much in demand staff member is computer expert Sotiris Katsimpas, who offers one to one computer repair sessions, showing people how to get more life out of their computers and how to carry out simple maintenance.
In the run up to Christmas Remade in Edinburgh will run classes showing people how to make reusable wrapping paper from beautiful fabrics, and Christmas tree decorations out of salvaged materials.
Amanda Blackadder said: “You can turn an old light bulb into a beautiful tree decoration that looks like a hot air balloon. It might take a bit of time and love but all the best things have time and love put into them don’t they?”
Encouraging people to learn to repair things or to make things from discarded materials is a key component of Choose to Reuse week, which has been set up to celebrate ten years of the Community Resources Network Scotland.
Like many members Remade in Edinburgh is a small organisation with strong links to the local community which is motivated by a wish to find new ways to protect the environment.
Chief executive Mary McLuskey said: “Reuse, repair and recycling has all sorts of benefits to society. Anything that people can do to support Choose to Reuse Week will make a difference.
“The world has finite resources that shouldn’t be burned or buried in landfill.”
“Our members are passionate about creating a future where there is no waste, only resources.”