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Take part in Children’s Scrapstore’s Reuse Festival


Harry Wood is Business Waste Reuse Coordinator at Children’s Scrapstore, and recently pitched the Precious Plastic project at the second Spark Forum. Louise Taylor is Scrapstore’s Events and Marketing Officer. In the blog post below they promote the Children’s Scrapstore Reuse Festival, scheduled for 28-29th September 2019. 

Reuse Festival 2019 is taking place at Children’s Scrapstore over the last weekend of September (28-29th) and we are looking for people and organisations to get involved!

Children’s Scrapstore started off as a Friends of the Earth project in 1982, working out of a small garage. We have moved several times over the years, from Cameron Balloons in Bedminster to Arno’s Castle in Brislington to Welsh Back in Redcliffe. In 2003 we moved to Scrapstore House in St Werburghs which remains our home. We are a charity with a combined focus on reuse, play, and art. We locate and re-use industrial by-products, surplus materials and waste from the business community. We collect waste and are always looking for new items of scrap and new suppliers. This service is free and we divert around 200 tonnes from landfill and energy recovery each year.

The Scrapstore Warehouse works on a membership system, whereby individuals and groups working or volunteering in creative, play, care, educational, or community settings can collect a huge variety of colourful and abundant scrap materials. We are also well-known for our Scrapstore PlayPod scheme, which introduces ‘loose part’ scrap material (such as cardboard tubes, fabric off-cuts, and cable reels) into schools and early years settings to transform playtimes. This grew out of a research project in Bristol in 2007 that identified the need for high quality, freely chosen, child directed play opportunities in primary schools. Since then we have installed over 350 Scrapstore PlayPods, enabling over 100,000 children access to loose parts play and quality playtime experiences on a regular basis.

Our Reuse Festival will involve a range of events and workshops showcasing exciting, innovative reuse organisations and campaigns in Bristol. These projects span several sectors and industries, including waste management companies, environmental groups, universities, and a range of local and regional businesses. We are aiming to promote the importance of waste accountability, resource efficiency, and circular economy initiatives, highlighting that reusing materials is almost always preferable to recycling, especially on a household scale. There are numerous reuse initiatives currently operating in Bristol, and the festival will bring together and celebrate these fantastic organisations. The festival line-up includes a large spare part play event at Scrapstore House, workshops for all ages, and a range of informative talks and presentations.

We are still interested to hear from any person or organisation in Bristol currently engaged in reuse, recycling, and sustainability projects (local businesses, schools and colleges, networking platforms, environmental campaigns, zero waste initiatives, charities, etc). We would particularly welcome involvement from of members of Bristol Green Capital Partnership who have not already confirmed involvement, as we know how many exciting projects are taking place within the network. If you are interested and would like to know more, or know a person or organisation that would be a good fit, then please get in touch: or or 0117 914 3002.


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