The Repair Revolution goes global – and comes to Glasgow

Launch of Remade Network at LUSH Buchanan Street, in partnership with Glasgow Repair Cafe.

A new social enterprise has been launched in Glasgow to help communities around the world develop local economies in repair education. The Remade Network, launched by social entrepreneur Sophie Unwin – founder of the Edinburgh Remakery and Brixton Remakery – will support people in different countries to set up a network of social enterprises that help people fix everyday goods including furniture, computers, and textiles.

Work is already underway to support the growth of the network in three continents. Remade Network is working with Glasgow Repair Cafe to set up its next project. The Remade Network is also developing a new Remade project in Brooklyn, New York. Sophie and the team have also delivered workshops and consultancy to groups all around the UK and as far
afield as New Zealand.

Founder Sophie Unwin draws on her ten years’ experience of setting up repair and re-use social enterprises in Brixton and Edinburgh. She co-founded the Remakery in Brixton in 2008, which has converted a block of disused garages into a series of repair hubs. She then founded the Edinburgh Remakery with just £60 in 2011 and a group of volunteers, growing it to a successful business with ten employees and a turnover of £240,000 in 2018.

Sophie Unwin, founder of the Remade Network, says: “10 years ago, when I first had the idea, people said it was impossible. Ten years on, with two successful projects underway, I want to use the experience so that others can short-circuit the learning and we can scale up our impact through replicating this partnership-based business model.”

The problem goes far beyond cotton buds to the whole of our global consumer economy.

Sophie Unwin, founder

“There’s rightly more and more attention these days on plastic waste but we need to go so much further and create a regenerative economy which values human connection and experience over extracting products from the ground. The problem goes far beyond cotton buds to the whole of our global consumer economy. Waste prevention needs to be a priority, not an afterthought.