Glasgow’s circular social enterprise champions
This week is Scotland’s Social Enterprise Week #ScotSEWeek19 celebrating the businesses which reinvest all their profits to strengthen communities, improve people’s lives, address social needs and/or protects the environment. Through events and learning experiences, the week’s aim is to show how social enterprises are changing communities for the better.
Many social enterprises, through the nature of their work and the groups and communities they support, naturally adopt circular economy principles within their business models. Whether using surplus food to make nutritious meals for children, or repairing and refurbishing items rather than buying new, getting the most out of materials and resources and creating enough for everyone is at the core of social enterprises.
To support #ScotSEWeek19, we’ve listed just SOME of the innovative organisations based in Glasgow who are not only changing lives but contributing to Glasgow’s journey towards becoming a circular city.
Bike For Good
A cycling charity based in Glasgow which aims to enable people in Scotland to cycle as their mode of transport. With bike donations from across the city, the team of cycling enthusiasts sell and service a range of refurbished bikes suitable for all different kind of cyclists.
Glasgow Wood Recycling
Glasgow Wood Recycling is committed to reducing the amount of wood needlessly going to landfill by finding creative and socially inclusive ways to reuse the wood collected from across the city. They create quality furniture and bespoke design pieces for homes, businesses and social sector organisations.
Merry-go-round is dedicated to helping local families by offering high quality, pre-loved children’s goods at a fraction of the original price. Working in partnership with other organisations in the city such as Shelter and Refuweegee, they provide free packs to women and families in need.
Spruce Carpets are Scotland’s only Carpet Re-Use Social Enterprise. They offer high quality end of roll and surplus carpets which have been donated from local manufacturers and wholesalers as well as manufacturing rugs and runners from carpet ends.
Launch Foods take surplus food from companies including Scottish Events Campus (SEC) and Skypark and make nutritious meals to feed kids across the city. In just 40 weeks, 45,000 free meals were provided to children from all backgrounds.
Young Enterprise Scotland
Young Enterprise Scotland has been inspiring & equipping young people to learn, develop and reach their full potential through enterprise since 1992. Every year they support around 15,000 young people, from all backgrounds, develop their business knowledge, entrepreneurial skills & ultimately become more employable. More recently, they launched their Circular Economy Challenge programme, introducing and educating young people on the circular economy and encouraging them to find solutions to current challenges.
Total Homes Co-Operative are a household cleaning and goods collection service with a difference; collecting, recycling, upcycling and reusing furniture and household goods from housing associations and landlords across Glasgow in order to divert the amount of household waste heading to landfill.
To find out more about the social enterprises that exist in Glasgow and events taking place this week for Scotland’s Social Enterprise Week 2019, visit the Glasgow Social Enterprise Network event here