Transforming local communities and environments
My project would be divided in a number of workshops where local residents will be guided through walks to some areas and green spaces in the borough of Haringey and will clean them from litter while rescuing household waste that can be reused (or will bring it from home). After that, we will arrive at a venue and start upcycling our waste into creative craft items. I will lead the sessions teaching people how to realize objects and accessories useful for the daily routine from domestic waste and encourage them to suggest similar ideas, while promoting environmental awareness. Each session can focus on a specific material, including an informative part about the impact and nature of it (e.g. metal, paper, plastic). People will make a different item for their homes every time and will experience local issues and solutions related to their waste. Beyond educating about sustainability and recycling, we will promote local participation, responsibility and sociability.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
I believe the best way to convince people to take responsibility for our environment and the community is by inspiring them with activities that make them feel practically involved while showing the concrete impact of their action. With waste being one of the main plagues of our time, it is determinant to educate to a different attitude and lifestyle, that lowers consumerism and recovers the precious values of recycling, reusing and making things ourselves. I believe it is necessary to transmit the message that all the waste that we produce implies a huge ethical responsibility, and that a big part of it can stop to be waste, if we have enough creativity to transform it. Running Creative Recycling Workshops after cleaning from litter the place where we live, will show how important is our individual commitment as residents and how to reduce, recycle our daily waste and turn it into new things: a direct, effective, fun way to work towards those aims.
Steps to get it done:
We will run between 4 and 6 two-hours-long sessions across 3 months, ideally on weekends - either starting in October or later on depending on timing needed to finalise and put in place the project. Each session will start with a walk (30' to 1H) around Haringey (Haringey Walks can be a reference to start), crossing as much as green space as we can, during which we will explore the area and clean from litter with equipment (litter picking tongues and bags). At the end of the walk we will stop at a venue and will run a 1H session of Creative Recycling Craft where we will talk about the impact of waste, learn about sustainable lifestyle and responsible citizenship and turn the waste we found or that we brought from home (in case of safety issues) into upcycled items.
About the space
Haringey, between West Green Road and Tottenham
London Borough of Haringey
Transforming local communities and environments
We had a fantastic last session of the Creative Recycling project last Friday! Painting glass and learning how important it is to recycled it. It was such a pleasure for me to coordinate it and I am very happy about how it went. Thanks to all of you who joined and took part in looking after our community, our planet and...creative skills! 😊😁😁❤️ I hope I will see you again soon for new events in the future! Warm wishes, Cati :)
I was interviewed last week by Tottenham and Wood Green Independent and Saturday an article about our project was released! I am very happy about being mentioned by local newspaper and I hope this will resonate with more residents and stimulate their interest in waste and better behaviour around it! Have a look! :) http://www.thetottenhamindependent.co.uk/news/15773185.Campaigner_organises_upcycling_workshops/
In our second session, with focus on Tetrapack packaging, we collected a huge amount of litter from the right side of Walpole Road, outside Lordship Rec. There was much more to do, which means the road is particularly subjected to litter and fly-tipping unfortunately! 😦 However we did our best and happily transformed Tetrapack boxes in wonderful wallets and place-mats in the craft session soon after! Lovely group and gratifying results! 😉 Looking forward to the next session in December: Plastic packaging!
After a very nice first session last week where we made baskets and candle-pots from aluminium cans and we have collected a fair amount of litter with our fantastic children (3 bags of recyclable and general waste in only few metres in the park and along Walpole Rd just outside Lordship Rec!), we are ready for the next session! Friday 17th November we will focus on Tetrapack (cardboard) packaging! This is one of my most popular sessions: do you know all these cardboard boxes you chop in the bin after drinking a juice, soya milk or cooking tomato sauce??? They can be an extraordinary resource to make new items! Come next time to learn how! 🙂 Venerdì 17 novembre dalle ore 15:15 alle ore 17:30, Lordship Rec, N17 6NU Londra Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/166109023949646
Our first session last Friday went very well. Our great kids did such a good job finding much hided waste on bushes and the edges of the road. It seemed a funny treasure hunting challenge! Haringey Council came to take pictures of us and we will be mentioned on local newspaper and community groups! It was very nice to have you there! Thanks and see you next month! 🙂 ❤
Hi all! I am so excited about our first session this Friday! We will meet at 15,30 in front of the Lordship Hub and walk towards Walpole Rd. This time we will focus on that side of the park. Weather forecast seem good for Friday, however please wear appropriate clothing for outdoor (e.g. rain-jacket, umbrella...). I will provide Protective Equipment (gloves, bags, litter-picking tongues...) for the litter-picking activity, plus consent Image forms to sign, if you agree and wish to be in pictures that I will use to document the project! At 16,00 we will be back at hub for the craft activity. This Friday we will first learn with a short introduction about the environmental impact of aluminium and we will make candle-pots, ashtrays and baskets with aluminium cans! Please feel free to bring along thin washed aluminium cans (such as from beer or soft drink, that are easy to cut). All craft material is provided. I look forward to seeing you there! :) Cati