ECO-Step Youth

Project Overview

ECOStep Youth involved working with young people from Ireland, France, Spain, Greece and Morocco on an international design competition and web documentary to raise awareness about reuse and careers in this area. 

It was funded by the EU ERASMUS+ programme and ran from 2017 to 2019. In Ireland CRNI and its members Rediscovery Centre and ReCreate worked with three wonderful teams of young people from Colaiste Dhulaig and ECO UNESCO. 

Design Competition

Twelve youth groups entered the competition to build an upcycled item from secondary materials. They worked with a range of materials from wood to rubber, plastic and metals. All entries are shown here.

We are delighted that the Irish “Tyre Team” won the competition, facilitated by Rediscovery Centre and ECOUNESCO, for their tyre bench entry pictured across.

The Irish jury included a panel of experts including Przemek Drusewicz, Upcycling Project; Tony Fegan, Tallaght Community Arts ; Brendan Madden, Brendan Joseph Studio @brendanjosephstudio; Derek McGarry, National College of Arts & Design; Carrie-Ann Moran, Rediscovery Centre; Deidre Rogers, ReCreate Ireland; Joanne Rourke, Eastern Midlands Region Waste Office.

Interactive Web Documentary

Another key deliverable for this project was an interactive and educational webdoc here.

This is designed to inform and inspire people about waste and environmental issues and especially to encourage young people to pursue careers in reuse and repair.

It includes videos, images and links to campaigns under different material categories as well as a visual glossary.

Participatory Workshops

The third deliverable was participatory workshops sharing upcycling skills with a wider group of young people.

These were held at the ECO-UNESCO Awards event and ReCreate Open Day in 2018.

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