September 20, 2016

August 03, 2016

Imagining a Zero Waste World

On Thursday 18th August 2016 at the XCHC in Christchurch, I'd love you to come along, sit back, relax and imagine with me..

How would we live in a 'zero waste' world? What would day-to-day life be like? What tools do we need when living resourcefully? How would people work together to enable this? How would communities function to enable this?
What would a tool kit for a 'zero waste' life look like?
What would a 'zero waste' community look like?
How would we grow/trade/make/share/repair the resources we need: shoes, clothes, underwear, food, hygiene products, utensils, transport, tools, beer, wine etc...?
What could you do to support 'zero waste' living, for yourself and others?

Many of us are on our way towards 'zero waste' but there's a way to go - NZ still sends so much "waste to land" (MFE words) and data is only collected about 30% of it. The Ministry for Environment does not require reporting on the other 70% of "waste to land", and that is one hell of a big part of a feedback loop missing!
So let's get together and imagine a world where what goes as "waste to land" is regenerative and not harmful.

I've been invited to present a work as part of FESTA this year, supported by Creative New Zealand, and for this I aim to collaborate with local people and resources to provide an experience of an imagined 'Zero Waste World'.

This evening from 7-9pm at XCHC, 376 Wilsons Road, Christchurch, will be a chance to have fun envisioning this world and the tools we need to make this happen.

Hope you can come along and join in, please definitely RSVP to info@rekindle.org.nz by 11th August.

And huge gratitude to our fantastic event sponsors:

      

Warm wishes,
Juliet Arnott

February 25, 2016

Design for Reuse - Auckland - Public talk - 8th March 2016

Juliet Arnott, Founder of Rekindle is being hosted at the University of Auckland's School of Architecture and Planning, on Tuesday 8th March 2016, and will give a public talk about design for reuse. This will involve sharing the evolution of Rekindle's projects, including the recently launched Resource: Rise Again project. Resource: Rise Again is Rekindle's fourth major project aimed at diverting reusable resources from waste.

The Resource: Rise Again project will fund and support 5 designers or design teams across New Zealand, between April and October 2016, to research and design new solutions for resources that businesses currently pay to dispose of in landfill. This is the first time in New Zealand that a research and design program has been established specifically to address waste through reuse solutions. Rekindle is now calling for designers to submit their interest in the project; the deadline for submissions is 11th March 2016.

This talk will discuss the role of designers and other creative practitioners in this field of waste minimisation. Businesses that wish to see greater resource efficiency within their waste management, via solutions for reuse, are also encouraged to attend. 

Event details:

Tuesday 8th March. Drinks from 5.30pm, with 6pm start.

Level 3 exhibition studio, School of Architecture and Planning, 26 Symonds Street, Building 421, University of Auckland. 

Please email info@rekindle for more details.

Our generous sponsors are gratefully acknowledged:

 

February 25, 2016

Design for Reuse - Wellington - Public talk - 1st March 2016

Juliet Arnott, Founder of Rekindle is being hosted at Massey University College of Creative Arts in Wellington on Tuesday 1st March 2016, and will give a public talk about design for reuse. This will involve sharing the evolution of Rekindle's projects, including the recently launched Resource: Rise Again project. Resource: Rise Again is Rekindle's fourth major project aimed at diverting reusable resources from waste.

The Resource: Rise Again project will fund and support 5 designers or design teams across New Zealand, between April and October 2016, to research and design new solutions for resources that businesses currently pay to dispose of in landfill. This is the first time in New Zealand that a research and design program has been established specifically to address waste through reuse solutions. Rekindle is now calling for designers to submit their interest in the project; the deadline for submissions is 11th March 2016.

This talk will discuss the role of designers and other creative practitioners in this field of waste minimisation. Businesses that wish to see greater resource efficiency within their waste management, via solutions for reuse, are also encouraged to attend. 

Event details:

Tuesday 1st March, drinks from 5.30pm for 6pm lecture start. 

The Pit, Te Ara Hihiko (Block 12), Massey University College of Creative Arts (Entrance C Wallace Street or Entrance E Tasman Street), Wellington 6021.

Please email info@rekindle for more details.

Our generous sponsors are gratefully acknowledged:

February 03, 2016

Resource: Rise Again - our new project for 2016

The Resource: Rise Again is now live!  For more details please see the project page.

 

September 17, 2015

Film about Whole House Reuse

We are delighted to share this stunning film by Julian Vares about Whole House Reuse. This tells some of the story of the project, of a home that would have otherwise gone to waste but was instead turned into hundreds of beautifully crafted artifacts.

Whole House Reuse involved the entire material of a single home, otherwise destined for waste, being deconstructed and transformed into beautiful and purposeful artefacts. Nearly 400 objects have been created by reusing every single piece of 19 Admirals Way, a 1920’s weatherboard home in New Brighton, Christchurch, which was scheduled for demolition in 2013. This celebrates design and craft as highly valuable tools that can address wasted resources.

Over 250 people from around New Zealand and the world have invented ways of reusing these resources and the result is a huge collection of objects from a delicately carved taonga puoro by master carver Brian Flintoff, to a finely crafted backyard studio by artist Nic Moon and architectural designer Lyn Russell. The exhibition showcased original works by some of the country’s finest designers and craftspeople, school children, students, retired experts, and community organisations like Kilmarnock Enterprises. 

The project culminated in an exhibition in the Special Exhibitions Hall at Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand for 3 months from early June 2015. Over 120,000 people visited the exhibition and we have been amazed at how many of these visitors have talked about the degree of emotion in their experience of the exhibit. People particularly described the impact of seeing such a large volume and diversity of careful and creative work made from materials so often forgotten and discarded. We are thankful to Canterbury Museum for making this possible, and feel deeply heartened that this project has touched and inspired people towards a greater level of resourcefulness. 

December 12, 2014

Auckland Waterfront Pop-up December 2014

Rekindle is excited to be in Auckland running a pop-up shop on Te Wero Island on the waterfront.

 

Located in between the Viaduct and Wynyard Quarter, neighbouring the popular community library, Rekindle's latest pop-up is based in a shipping container, showcasing a variety of products from both Christchurch and Auckland designers, all made from wasted materials. These include planters, clothing, furniture, jewellery, books and Christmas tree decorations made from timber offcuts.

The fitout of the 20 foot container has been produced in collaboration with Dragonbox, a group of four Auckland based designers who have been working with Rekindle in Auckland this year. The interior makes use of wasted lengths of exhibition carpet and plywood offcuts, that would otherwise be destined for landfill.

With support from Auckland Council, Rekindle will also be presenting information to the public about waste minimisation in relation to the Council's goal of zero waste in Auckland by 2040. This will showcase local social enterprises working towards this goal and will include Waterfront Auckland's focus on reuse of materials. Rekindle is hopeful that this popup will ignite discussion around the exciting possibilities that waste minimisation brings to Auckland city's development, environment and culture. 

Initially focused on diverting timber from waste within residential demolition in postearthquake Christchurch, Rekindle's work has now expanded beyond timber to a much wider scope of undervalued materials, including construction and industrial waste. Rekindle sees design as the tool that unlocks the qualities of resources which are so often ignored when viewed as waste. Rekindle also works to create a market for these products. As a social enterprise the majority of profits are dedicated to furthering development of this work.

 

Retail information:

A range of Rekindle homewares, jewellery, furniture, Christmas decorations and other items will be available for purchase from 6th to 23rd December 2014 Sunday to Thursday 10am – 5.30pm and Friday & Saturday 10.00am – 6.00pm.

Te Wero Island, Eastern Viaduct, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland.

Cash and eftpos facilities available.

 

Hope to see you there!

November 04, 2014

End of the first Christchurch collection

The time has come where the first range of limited edition products we've been lovingly making here in Christchurch has sadly come to and end. We've found over the last while the supply of material has changed as demolition practices have changed. Working with waste as our supply means we have to be ready to change tack and respond to what is available or needs to be addressed, and so it is time to look at new waste streams, and that means new materials and designs. We know there is more than enough potential innovation in New Zealand to transform waste into reuse, and it is this alchemy we work to encourage.

For the next short while we will be selling our remaining stock and fulfilling current orders, and beyond that we'll be waiting for the new collection of products to appear from the Christchurch workshop, and we're very excited about that. We still have a few pieces of furniture left so please contact info@rekindle.org.nz with any enquiries.

So please keep an eye out for a new collection of products as the talented makers and designers here bring them out. We are excited to be working on a set of materials provided by Housing New Zealand and that will feature strongly in our new Christchurch work.  And please watch for developments in Auckland too.

All in all Rekindle will keep on flowing wasted resources to those that value and transform these. We hope you will continue to support the innovation of the creatives we work with. By doing so you enable the reuse and diversion of valuable resources from landfill.

 

Below, beautiful new products made from Auckland's waste streams: Crackle Tubs by Clark Bardsley Design made from MDF and plywood offcuts from Cut Shop, Mt Wellington. On Raised Platform by 6x4 made from pallet timber, with Bunting by Emma Byrne from Rekindle Christchurch from interior timbers salvaged from homes now demolished. Photography by Evie Mackay. 

October 14, 2014

Auckland Design Series launch 14th October 2014

So exciting to be launching this beautiful body of work made from Auckland's waste.
May 01, 2014

The Offcut Series Presents: Annelies Zwaan

A collection of work by Annelies Zwaan.

Opening on May 1st, 6pm in our Gallery at 35 New Regent St.

 

 

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