Earthtime’s UP Project is all about helping people in Elgin reduce their CO2 emissions and combat climate change by repairing and reusing more of what otherwise ends up in landfill. During 2017-18 we will be focussing in particular on repairing and upcycling furniture and other wooden items, and repairing and upcycling clothing. By giving people the ideas, skills, tools and encouragement to repair and upcycle more of their stuff we can positively change people’s behaviour towards consumption and repair.

Clothing consumption produces 1.5 tonnes of CO2 per household per year, the equivalent of driving 6000 cars

We have established a repair and reuse hub for woodworking and other upcycling workshops, and run other sewing skills and upcycling craft workshops around Elgin. We also run regular clothes swishes and encourage other to do so too (we can help you with these). There’s an Eco-library of specialist books on repair and upcycling, outdoor education,  permaculture, natural crafts and more, and information on reusable nappies with the possibility to borrow a set to try them out. For upcoming UP! workshops and other events see our Up events page. We also welcome volunteers with who have skills to share.

Plans for the future– a tool library

Earthtime are looking into the feasibility of establishing a tool library at our repair and re-use hub. We welcome any donations of unwanted tools in good condition for woodworking or other DIY tasks. Donated sewing machines would also be gratefully received. You can drop them off during any of our workshop sessions, or at the Earthtime office in Cooper Park by arrangement (so there is someone here to receive your donations), or phone/email us and we can come and collect them.