ECOStep is an exciting project aimed at engaging young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in creative reuse projects. CRNI is the Irish partner to the project, and is working with its members Rediscovery Centre and ReCreate in delivering the design competition and web documentary.

It will run from February 2017 to January 2019.

ECOStep Youth Project


  • We are delighted to announce an Irish team won the international design competition – Tyre Team, facilitated by Rediscovery Centre and ECOUNESCO.
  • Well done to all participants including Colaiste Dhulaigh (Shackleton Team) and ECOUNESCO (the Last Straw Team). To check out the designs click here.
  • Many thanks to the jury who recommended the Tyre Team to the international competition. These include:
  • The overall competition winner was announced on the 19th June at a Design Expo at the Rediscovery Centre. See images below!
  • An interactive web documentary will be launched to educate people about reuse, and showcase careers in this space, later in 2018.
ECOStep is funded under the EU ERASMUS+ KA2 programme. It involves engaging youth ambassadors from Ireland, France, Morocco, Spain and Greece to lead teams into an international reuse design competition and an interactive website to communicate green job opportunities and to inspire young people to reuse. Three teams have participated from Ireland. The project aims to provide the youth involved with confidence in new professional perspectives, to help them become environmentally aware and committed citizens and to open up new opportunities for them in the creative reuse of waste. The project outcomes will be disseminated at public workshops as well as via the ecostep website here: and social media.
“Tyre Team” receive prize from Lynn Boylan MEP
Lynn Boylan MEP with ECOStep participants
Design Expo – free workshops using wood
“Tyre Team” bench from bicycle tyres & salvaged wood
“Shackleton Team” cable wheel educational tool
“The Last Straw” team lamp from plastic straws

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