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About Us

Helping Humans Help the Planet
The Re-Creators is a Social Enterprise based in Auckland, New Zealand, which promotes Upcycled Products and the idea of a Living Wage for those who make the products. We offer a shared platform for Re-creator artists/artisans to work collaboratively while we manage the collective marketing and sales.
The products we make are either re-used or discarded materials that would otherwise be destined for landfill. 


Our Mission
Our mission is to offer a variety of creative and inventive upcycled goods for indoor and outdoor décor at a reasonable price compared to similar mainstream items.


Local Craftmanship & Employment
All our Re-Creators represent the multicultural diversity of New Zealand, many of whom come from a refugee/migrant background. Our website supports all Re-Creators on a journey towards business success, financial sustainability and community integration.


A Story to Tell
For you, the conscious consumer, each item is hand-made and comes with a story about the product and the person.  Please have a read of our Re-Creators story.


How items are priced
Our Re-Creators are encouraged to price items according to the time they spent making an item (using the Living Wage as a minimum), the cost of materials and a small percentage to cover their equipment and design costs. 


What is Upcycling? 
Upcycling is creative reuse through reviving old materials or unwanted items into new materials or products of better quality and better environmental value than the original.

 

Upcycling vs Recycling
Waste Disposal is a growing global issue. Upcycling (re-using) takes items from the disposal pattern. Recycling requires energy to break down and re-use materials. Upcycling only requires your own creativity and elbow grease. 


Why Upcycle?
There are many low-cost and/or free objects that only require a few accessories, equipment, and time to transform them into new and fabulous products. There are endless creative opportunities. Additionally, upcycling can bring income/ employment opportunities to local communities and provide skills around creativity. 

Why a Focus on people from a Refugee/ Migrant Background? 
Former refugees and migrants can struggle to find employment due to language barriers, a lack of NZ work experience and/or transferable skills. They already have many skills and the know-how to make the most of available resources. Upcycling can link them to community groups for training sessions and or income/ employment opportunities. 

What Can I Upcycle?
There are endless creations to be made from old wood, wine bottles, cans, newspapers, milk cartons, tyres, suitcases, clothes, you name it.   If you no longer have a use for it, upcycle it!


About the Founder
Ger Tew is passionate about the environment and human rights.  This venture was a combination of both these passions. Ger's background has been working for the government in refugee and protection matters and The Re-Creators is her new entrepreneurial venture.  She believes that working collaboratively brings the best results and is enthused to bring this Upcycle Collective to a New Zealand audience.  

 

How can I Support The Re-Creators or other charities?

  • Buy Upcycled Products – reduce your spending on new products.  
  • Next time you want to purchase a new item – check out The Re-Creators website first.  Buy something funky and upcycled. Think about all your purchases - who you are purchasing from and how has the product been made.
  • Sort through your wardrobes, garage or workplace and see if you can donate items to local upcycling community groups, or give us a call if you want to donate directly to our artists.  
  • We are always looking for help with marketing, website content, copyrighting, blogging, photography, videography – so if you have these skills, please get in contact by emailing help@therecreators.co.nz. 
  • Spread the word. If you like what we’re doing, and our upcycled products, then please promote The Re-Creators to your friends and on social media. We post regularly on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so feel free to share our updates.
  • Donate. Donations will be used towards materials for our more vulnerable artists and can pay for materials and/or tools to make products.  Our account number is 06-0878-0733245-00.