When it comes to 'stuff' -clothes, appliances, furniture and everything in between- we're all guilty of stashing and wasting. So many perfectly good items get thrown away, just as someone else is buying them new.
By getting better at repairing, sharing, swapping and passing things on, we can connect to our communities to keep things in use for longer and reduce the overall volume of 'stuff' that is made, bought and thrown away.
Read on to find out how HCWP partners are promoting Share and Repair in their communities -and what services are available near you!
Reusable Cup pools
Transition Black Isle and Rosemarkie Beach Cafe are working together to provide low cost ‘Keep Cups’ for sale to the public. Rosemarkie Beach Café is also part of the Highland Cup Movement promoting the reusable cup scheme encouraging customers to opt to use a reusable cup rather than purchase a single use cup. To add value to the work Rosemarkie Beach Café is undertaking, ‘Keep Cups’ are available for sale at the café at cost price to make purchasing more accessible to all and encourage behaviour change. Transition Black Isle are also collecting mugs and cups at events to be part of our Black Isle 'library of things' which community groups and residents can borrow for events and gatherings instead of buying new.
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Community Party Kits
Disposable items can seem handy when organising events, but they generate a tremendous amount of waste. The Party Kit has everything anyone would need for a party or picnic, from a few cups to a full dinnerware set with tablecloths, cake stand and decorations.
Most people only need these party items on special occasions, so a party kit saves having to buy and store items that are seldom used, or resort to disposables, that are produced, transported and sold, only to be used for a few hours before being discarded. As well as saving money, a party kit can be better for planet because it prevents single use items going to landfill.
Broadford & Strath Community Company have worked together with local businesses to create a unique party kit hire package like no other! All the items within the kit have been sourced second hand from hotels updating their crockery with other items obtained in collaboration with a local charity RagTag. They have created the most beautiful sets of napkins, tablecloths and bunting for all sorts of different occasions. If you're looking to hold a small wedding, children's party or a corporate event then the party kit can be tailored to help make the event special.
Thurso Community Development Trust, of the Highland Community Waste Partnership (HCWP), have joined the Party Kit Network, a reusable party-ware non-profit Community Interest Company that allows people to hire items like cutlery, crockery and other table settings and decorations instead of buying -and then throwing away- disposables.
Resources and downloads
Zero Waste Scotland Repair and Share Guide
This guide includes the story of six repair and share projects to inspire you, as well as specific guidance on setting up your own organisation and marketing it. We begin with some top tips for success as well as linking to a host of useful resources for you to find out more at the end of the guide.
Circular Communities Scotland Share and Repair Network Leaflet
Circular Communities Scotland is delighted to launch their new Share and Repair Network Leaflet, detailing how share and repair projects across the country can ‘Join the Share and Repair Revolution’.
The leaflet outlines the network’s vision for every community in Scotland to benefit from access to sharing libraries and repair projects, and its mission to support and represent sharing libraries and repair projects across Scotland.
Zero Waste Scotland - What is a tool library?
Tool libraries work just like a normal library but instead of books, you can borrow a massive range of tools and equipment when you need them, then drop them back when you’re done. Zero Waste Scotland explains what a tool library is and how to get involved.