The ReCreators is a Social Enterprise based in Auckland, New Zealand, which promotes Upcycling either through purchasing products pre-made, custom-made or by learning to do it yourself (DIY) through workshops.

They are a diverse and talented group of upcycling artisans promoting creativity, mindful making and sustainability. They offer various upcycling workshops for children, adults and corporates, as well as an online store.

All of the ReCreator prices incorporate the true cost of labour and materials which includes the Living Wage as a minimum. They offer a shared website for ReCreator artisans to work collaboratively while we manage the collective marketing, events and sales. The materials we use are either discarded or offcuts that would otherwise be destined for landfill. The ReCreators feel they are beautiful and deserve a second chance on this planet.  

What kind of Maker are you? 

Upcycling Makers – teaching adults and kids all the ways to reuse discarded materials

How old were you when you first got involved in the Maker community?

The ReCreators launched in Nov 2018 and are growing at a rapid rate.

Why did you get into Making? Did anyone introduce you to your area of expertise?

The ReCreators is an umbrella for the collective.  As the founder, I work on general sales, marketing, PR, management and organisation while the makers make !!  The idea being that there is business support for makers allowing people to then focus on what they do best.

Personally I have always been into upcycling but didn’t have many skills but thanks to Buffies Power Tools 101 class, I am becoming more proficient and braver with power tools. I just now need the time to make as so busy with this business!!

What inspires you when you are working on a project?

We have 10 years before we reach the critical tipping point for global warming, where we cannot undo the damage we have done. We believe that over-consumerism is a driving contributor to climate change and we want to give our communities an alternative to buying new.  We also believe that making your own stuff is good for your soul and cannot be replaced by buying from a shop.

The ReCreators is also a social enterprise with an aim to provide upcyclers and in the future vulnerable communities income from repurposing materials. We have a number of bigger projects that we are working on around circular economy.

What advice would you give to young people who want to get involved?

We are always looking for volunteers to help with small projects and also have opportunities for those who want to be paid helpers in our workshops. This is a pathway to eventually designing and leading upcycling classes.  Our model is that we can provide never-ending skills and training through working together as a collective.

Tell us about a Maker that inspires you.

I think Buffie inspires me to be more adventurous with my making and just give anything a go. When you actually try to make things – you realise that its pretty easy and do-able – you just need to allow time, a few $$$ and a willingness to give it a try.