As an example of a community focused, climate aware business The Rebuild Site has lots to offer. It was a recent recipient of the one of Cumbria Action for Sustainability Community Climate Grants – and is a finalist in this years (2023) ECO-I NW awards, as ‘most promising new business’.
The Rebuild Site wants to change how we think about materials – reclaiming those materials that might be thrown away, reusing as much as possible, and sharing surplus materials between community groups and charities. They work with builders, traders and contractors, making it easier to avoid putting useable materials in the skip. It was set up in 2021 and in the first year it saved over 100 tonnes of materials from landfill and down-cycling and crucially an estimated 7.6 tonnes of embedded carbon.
The next step is a tool library, and to support the development of this they received support from CAfS’ Community Climate grants and The VINCI Foundation. The vision here is very simple; a library for tools that would otherwise be too costly, or bought once and never used again (their website tells us that the average drill is used for thirteen minutes in its lifetime!). They are now looking for donations of tools – hand and power – and gardening equipment. You can find out more here.
The Rebuild Site can be found at Kingmoor Park North, CA6 4SH and is open 10pm – 4pm Thursdays – Saturdays.