Inspired by living in a household in Nepal which created less than a dustbin of rubbish in a year, Sophie returned to her native Brixton to co-found Remade in Brixton and then moved to Scotland to found Remade in Edinburgh, a social enterprise to teach repair skills and campaign for zero waste. Sophie and her team developed the organisation from a group of volunteers and £60 in 2011 to a business with over 80% income from trading, 10 employees, 20 freelancers and a turnover over £230,000 in 2017 from its community hub, the Edinburgh Remakery in Leith.
Sophie's new social enterprise, Remade Network, is using the lessons from Brixton and Edinburgh to share the business model with others to boost community regeneration, prevent waste and create jobs in a green economy and develop a stronger campaigning voice for the environment and democracy.
The Remade Network works in partnership with local organisations to build resourcefulness and resilience and a collaborative approach. It is currently seeding projects in Brooklyn, New York and Glasgow, with dialogue with 65 other communities around the world.
A bit about my organisational mission/the work that I do...
Remade Network provides training, business planning, and campaigning resources to help new community reuse and repair businesses.