Why we do it
We live in a society that currently consumes three planets’ worth of resources to sustain its way of life. Increasingly, we’re waking up to the fact that this causes suffering, unprecedented levels of pollution, and affects the poorest communities – those who contribute least to the problem – worst.
Our alternative is both radical and practical – challenging consumerism through creating new markets in repair education.
This means learning from the people we work with, valuing the voices of the dispossessed, and embracing the creativity and resourcefulness of some of the poorest communities in the ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ worlds, including indigenous communities.
We work in strategic partnerships with local authorities and development trusts by invitation from local communities. All the wealth we generate stays within the community, creating both jobs and training opportunities through resilient social enterprise models. Repair creates 10 times as many jobs as recycling.
Our story began after the financial crash in 2008, when our founder, Sophie Unwin, had a vision to set up a community centre in Brixton where people could fix household goods. Next, co-founder Hannah Lewis converted a block of disused garages into a series of reuse and repair social enterprises – and the first Remakery was born.
In 2011, Sophie set up Remade in Edinburgh; starting with £60 and a group of volunteers she established the Edinburgh Remakery – an enterprise that had generated £240,000, 80% traded income and 10 jobs, and was £15,000 in surplus by the time she left in March 2018.
Starting with £10,000, and surrounded by a brilliant team, Sophie went on to set up Remade Network which has created 7 jobs to date, and is on track to create 50 new jobs by 2030.
A serial social entrepreneur, and fellow of the Forum for the Future, and the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Sophie won UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017.
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