Thursday, November 26, 2015

Upcycling in Barkingside

Next Thursday I’m off to meet Brenda Maguire. Brenda is part of the Sophia Hubs network of small business start-ups here in Redbridge. She is a former local teacher and is now a painter and decorator with a passion for using recycled paint and upcycling.

And upcycling is what the meeting is about. The idea is to bring together entrepreneurial people in the borough with an interest and/or some experience in upcycling with a view to exploring the possibility of developing a significant green business in Redbridge.

The meeting is being hosted by Brenda in her house in Barkingside on Thursday 3rd December 12.30-2.30. Please ring 07707 460309 or 07985 540786 to find the address. Apparently Brenda’s home is full of upcycled goods and I am quite looking forward to seeing them and stealing a few of her sharing ideas. Pictured left is something I found on Hannah's blog back in 2011 but the link no longer seems to work.

Also on hand will be Begona Belmonte, Sophia Hubs’ green business volunteer. She is keen to develop her upcycling skills and to help develop the green business sector in Redbridge. She is helping to develop a dedicated green business page on the website which is still in progress. Begona says “For me upcycling is a great way to participate in the local economy, not as a consumer but as an active member with an artistic flair. I enjoy updating pre-loved pieces that might end up in the skip otherwise. I use chalk paints, metals and stencils to transform a dull piece into a desired art piece”.

Others attending will be Ilford Recycles, who recycle cycles for cycling, and Redbridge’s own Habiba Ahmed, the borough’s inspirational recycling officer, who is also a keen upcycler and recycler.

Now, I rather suspect that some readers, having got this far, are still not sure what upcycling is so here is something I posted in 2011.

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