Cork exhibition to recognise the role of reuse

Launching Reuse Republic were Mayor of Cork County Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy, Katherine Corkery, Project Co-ordinator, SMILE Resource Exchange and Julie Crowley, Project Co-ordinator, SMILE Resource Exchange, pictured with upcycled furniture. A collaboration between the SMILE Resource Exchange and Cork County Council, Reuse Republic is a public event that brought together some of Cork'™s best upcyclers, reuse initiatives and eco businesses. (Pic Darragh Kane)

An exhibition featuring some of Cork and Ireland’s most imaginative and innovative upcyclers, reuse initiatives and eco businesses takes place at Cork County Hall on Wednesday, October 31.

Now in its second year, ‘Reuse Republic’ will showcase products made by organisations and individuals from end of life materials, as well as initiatives encouraging reuse.

Hosted by SMILE Resource Exchange and Cork County Council, ‘Reuse Republic’ aims to give its audience a sense of the wide range of possibilities and opportunities that exist in extending the perceived life of materials.

The exhibition is free to attend and members of the public are encouraged to come along.

Among the exhibitors confirmed is WEEE Ireland, who will be doing a collection for waste batteries on the day. WEEE Ireland’s battery collections help with much needed funding for the Laura Lynn Foundation, a very worthy cause.

In addition to this and in the spirit of reuse, ladies are asked to gather any gently worn, office appropriate clothing as a collection will be held on the day for Dress For Success, a global initiative with a local branch in Cork, that supports women who are entering or re-entering the workforce.

Speaking ahead of the exhibition, Katherine Corkery, Project Manager with SMILE, said: “Ultimately we hope that people will visit Reuse Republic and leave the exhibition more informed about reuse and having changed their perceptions and attitudes towards single use.”


Confirmed exhibitors include eco-businesses such as Ecocel, the Baby Markets and The Upcycle Movement, reuse initiatives including Boomerang, Circular Ocean, Duhallow Furniture Revamp, Macroom Mens Shed, Netmap and the Rediscovery Centre and National sustainability programmes such as the Community Reuse Network Ireland, the Conscious Cup Campaign, Repak, SMILE, the Southern Waste Management Region and WEEE Ireland, with more to be confirmed.

‘Reuse Republic’ will coincide with Reuse Month October, a countrywide initiative funded by the three Waste Management Regional Authorities and managed by the Community Reuse Network Ireland to promote reuse with a nationwide series of events (