An award-winning social enterprise creating a sustainable repair and re-use economy in Edinburgh is appealing for votes to aid in rolling out its model across the UK.
Sophie Unwin, Founder of Remade in Edinburgh is one of five people shortlisted for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award supported by Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland. The winner will be decided by public vote at www.the-sse.org/SEYA Voting closes on 28 October and the winner will receive £10,000.
Remade in Edinburgh teaches people how to repair computers, furniture and textiles, refurbishes goods to sell at affordable prices and campaigns for zero waste.
Founded in 2011 with £60 and six volunteers, in the last year it has opened its new centre, the Edinburgh Remakery, trained 1,000 people, saved 250 tonnes of waste, tripled its turnover and created seven new jobs to increase its workforce to 10.
Sophie Unwin says:
“We can remake our economy into one that’s sustainable by creating a culture where repair and re-use are the norm. If we win we’ll use the prize money to help communities and local authorities set up Remade businesses across the UK.
“We’d like to see a Remade project in every town and city in the UK. This would be an affordable way to create thousands of jobs, save local authorities costs in landfill tax, and play an important role in building a real green economy.
“Repair creates more than 10 times as many jobs as recycling, and at £20,000 per new job at Remade, it’s a no-brainer that we should be investing in this industry and preventing waste rather than disposing it.”
When you teach someone how to repair—you’re passing on more than just technical knowledge. You’re passing on a life skill.
How to Vote: It’s FREE and everyone can vote twice: once online and once by text so please support us as it will make all the difference to us in our mission.
· Text SEYASOPHIE to 67076
· Go to www.the-sse.org/SEYA
Computer Technician, Sotiris Kastimpas says:
“On average, we can extend the life time of computers by an extra three years, saving people money, giving people confidence, and saving waste to landfill. Our repair appointments are convenient, affordable, and extremely popular”.
Customer, Joseph Gair says:
“My computer was running very slow and getting too hot, too quickly. I was thinking about getting a new one, but couldn’t really afford one, and didn’t really want to. Sotiris took it apart, whilst telling me what each part did. It all took about 20 minutes. My computer works so much better now. Remade in Edinburgh has saved me a lot of money and saved a lot of precious resources as well.”
Kay-Kay Clapp, Community Manager at ifixit, says:
“When you teach someone how to repair—you’re passing on more than just technical knowledge. You’re passing on a life skill. You’re teaching independence. And you’re giving them the tools to fight and fix throwaway culture. The world needs more organisations like Remade—so we can teach everyone how to fix the future.”
The £10,000 prize would be used to seed fund a new business, Remade, that would work with local authorities and communities to replicate the Remade business model in their town or city. There are 69 cities and 48,000 towns in the UK. If adopted by just one in ten towns and cities the model has the potential to create almost 10,000 jobs in computer and electronics, furniture and textile repair education. This in turn unleashes many more creative and learning opportunities for students and apprentices and further jobs in a growing repair economy.
Ways Green Preppers Are Trying to Protect their Privacy
Environmental activists are not given the admiration that they deserve. A recent poll by Gallup found that a whopping 32% of Americans still doubt the existence of global warming. The government’s attitude is even worse.
Many global warming activists and green preppers have raised the alarm bell on climate change over the past few years. Government officials have taken notice and begun tracking their activity online. Even former National Guard officers have admitted that green preppers and climate activists are being targeted for terrorist watchlists.
Of course, the extent of their surveillance depends on the context of activism. People that make benign claims about climate change are unlikely to end up on a watchlist, although it is possible if they make allusions to their disdain of the government. However, even the most pacifistic and well intentioned environmental activists may unwittingly trigger some algorithm and be on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.
How could something like this happen? Here are some possibilities:
- They could share a post on social media from a climate extremist group or another individual on the climate watchlist.
- They could overly politicize their social media content, such as being highly critical of the president.
- They could use figures of speech that may be misinterpreted as threats.
- They might praise the goals of a climate change extremist organization that as previously resorted to violence, even if they don’t condone the actual means.
Preppers and environmental activists must do everything in their power to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could cost them their reputation, future career opportunities or even their freedom. Here are some ways that they are contacting themselves.
Living Off the Grid and Only Venturing to Civilization for Online Use
The more digital footprints you leave behind, the greater attention you draw. People that hold controversial views on environmentalism or doomsday prepping must minimize their digital paper trail.
Living off the grid is probably the best way to protect your privacy. You can make occasional trips to town to use the Wi-Fi and stock up on supplies.
Know the Surveillance Policies of Public Wi-Fi Providers
Using Wi-Fi away from your home can be a good way to protect your privacy.However, choosing the right public Wi-Fi providers is going to be very important.
Keep in mind that some corporate coffee shops such a Starbucks can store tapes for up to 60 days. Mom and pop businesses don’t have the technology nor the interest to store them that long. They generally store tips for only 24 hours and delete them afterwards. This gives you a good window of opportunity to post your thoughts on climate change without being detected.
Always use a VPN with a No Logging Policy
Using a VPN is one of the best ways to protect your online privacy. However, some of these providers do a much better job than others. What is a VPN and what should you look for when choosing one? Here are some things to look for when making a selection:
- Make sure they are based in a country that has strict laws on protecting user privacy. VPNs that are based out of Switzerland, Panama for the British Virgin Islands are always good bets.
- Look for VPN that has a strict no logging policy. Some VPNs will actually track the websites that you visit, which almost entirely defeats the purpose. Most obviously much better than this, but many also track Your connections and logging data. You want to use a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs at all.
- Try to choose a VPN that has an Internet kill switch. This means that all content will stop serving if your VPN connection drops, which prevents your personal data from leaking out of the VPN tunnel.
You will be much safer if you use a high-quality VPN consistently, especially if you have controversial views on climate related issues or doomsday prepping.
How Going Green Can Save Your Business Thousands
Running a company isn’t easy. From reporting wages in an efficient way to meeting deadlines and targets, there’s always something to think about – with green business ideas giving entrepreneurs something extra to ponder. While environmental issues may not be at the forefront of your mind right now, it could save your business thousands, so let’s delve deeper into this issue.
Small waste adds up over time
A computer left on overnight might not seem like the end of the world, right? Sure, it’s a rather minor issue compared to losing a client or being refused a loan – but small waste adds up over time. Conserving energy is an effective money saver, so to hold onto that hard-earned cash, try to:
- Turn all electrical gadgets off at the socket rather than leaving them on standby as the latter can crank up your energy bill without you even realizing.
- Switch all lights off when you exit a room and try switching to halogen incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps or light emitting diodes as these can use up to 80 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent and are therefore more efficient.
- Replace outdated appliances with their greener counterparts. Energy Star appliances have labels which help you to understand their energy requirements over time.
- Draught-proof your premises as sealing up leaks could slash your energy bills by 30 per cent.
Going electronic has significant benefits
If you don’t want to be buried under a mountain of paperwork, why not opt for digital documents instead of printing everything out? Not only will this save a lot of money on paper and ink but it will also conserve energy and help protect the planet. You may even be entitled to one of the many tax breaks and grants issued to organizations committed to achieving their environmental goals. This is particularly good news for start-ups with limited funds as the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is keen to support companies opening up their company in a green manner.
Of course, if you’re used to handing out brochures and leaflets at every company meeting or printing out newsletters whenever you get the chance, going electronic may be a challenge – but here are some things you can try:
- Using PowerPoint presentations not printouts
- Communicating via instant messenger apps or email
- Using financial software to manage your books
- Downloading accounting software to keep track of figures
- Arranging digital feedback and review forms
- Making the most of Google Docs
Going green can help you to make money too
Going green and environmental stability is big news at the moment with many companies doing their bit for the environment. While implementing eco-friendly strategies will certainly save you money, reducing your carbon footprint could also make you a few bucks too. How? Well, consumers care about what brands are doing more than ever before, with many deliberately siding with those who are implementing green policies. Essentially, doing your bit for the environment is a PR dream as it allows you to talk about what everyone wants to hear.
Going green can certainly save your money but it should also improve your reputation too and give you a platform to promote your business.