Monday 25 September 2017

DIY and craft upcycler visits Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire

Medina Grillo Recycle Week 2017

Well known DIY and craft upcycler Medina Grillo (grillo-designs.com) from Birmingham recently visited Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire’s charity shop as part of a national upcycling challenge for Recycle Week (25th September – 1st October).

To celebrate this year’s Recycle Week Emmaus UK challenged five of the UK’s top upcycling bloggers to turn unwanted goods donated to Emmaus charity shops into new bespoke items.

On her visit to Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire Medina picked out a vintage dresser, which she has restored.

Medina said: “I love that Emmaus UK are encouraging people to upcycle and recycle their items. Just because something is old, battered, or second-hand doesn’t mean it cannot be used once again for another purpose or even restored to its former glory. The same could be said for what Emmaus do as a charity, they help homeless people who may be going through tough and lonely times in their life, to find a new sense of meaning and purpose.  All the money that is raised by Emmaus is re-invested right back to their homeless community.”

Now in its 14th year Recycle Week aims to encourage the public to recycle more, by demonstrating the benefits of recycling items from around all around the home. Last year Emmaus communities across the UK recycled or reused 3202 tonnes of unwanted goods that would have otherwise gone to landfill.

Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire provide a home and meaningful work in a social enterprise to 25 formerly homeless adults in the Coventry area.

Read Medina's tutorial on how to upcycle the mid century dresser in five easy steps by clicking here.