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.
We are a diverse and talented group of upcycling artisans promoting creativity, mindful making and sustainability. We offer various upcycling workshops for children, adults and corporates, as well as an online store.
All of our prices incorporate the true cost of labour and materials which includes the Living Wage as a minimum. We 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. We feel they are beautiful and deserve a second chance on this planet.
Our mission is to move consumers away from new products towards upcycled goods, either through purchasing from us online or by making their own with the skills they have developed from our workshops. We believe that over-consumerism is one of the many factors threatening our planet.
All our ReCreators represent the multicultural diversity of New Zealand. Our website supports all ReCreators 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 ReCreators stories.
How items are priced
Our ReCreators 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.
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.
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.
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. Anything old can be made new again. This is where real creativity happens.
Ger Tew is passionate about the environment, human rights and creative entrepreneurship. This venture was a combination of all these passions and the freedom to see how this upcycle movement will develop and gain traction in New Zealand.
Ger's background has been working for the government in refugee and protection matters and The ReCreators 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.