Monday 25 September 2017

Emmaus UK celebrates Recycle Week with upcycling challenge

Kate Beavis Tie Cushion

Emmaus UK has challenged five of the UK’s top upcycling bloggers to re-design a piece of furniture to help raise money and awareness of the charity’s work across the country this Recycle Week (25th September – 1st October).

The bloggers have each created something bespoke using materials from Emmaus charity shops that have been donated by the public. The one-off pieces will then be sold in local Emmaus shops to raise money for its work with homeless people across the UK.

The five bloggers taking part are: vintage design expert Kate Beavis, furniture upcyclers Lynne Lambourne and Hester Van Overbeek, North East Blogger of the Year Cheryl Lumley, and DIY and craft upcycler Medina Grillo. Each one will cover the challenge on their blogs and social media channels throughout Recycle Week.

Kate Beavis, one of the bloggers to take part in the challenge said: “I have been shopping at Emmaus for years as they are a great place to find vintage treasures for your home. Not only that, they are supporting the homeless in the UK, providing jobs and shelter to people who most need it so by buying from there, you are supporting an important charity too. If you’re a crafter or a uypcyler like myself it is also a great place to find materials for future projects such as my tie cushion; made from second hand gents ties and an old cushion.”

Money raised from the challenge will go towards supporting companions like Billy, a keen upcycler living at Emmaus Colchester. Billy joined Emmaus four years ago after spending a number of years sleeping rough across the UK due to a relationship breakdown. Since joining Emmaus he has developed his upcycling skills, which he now uses to provide weekly workshops to children who suffer from complex or profound learning disabilities.

Billy said: “I love that feeling of accomplishment I get when I look at a piece of upcycled furniture I’ve just finished. Upcycling is a fantastic way for people to express their creativity and I’ve particularly enjoyed the opportunity to work with the children in the past 12 months. It’s a brilliant way to engage with the community and really makes a difference to us as a social enterprise.”

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.