Ger is the founder of The ReCreators which is an environmental and social enterprise that combines her passions for the environment, human rights and creative entrepreneurship by leading an upcycling collective. She believes that working collaboratively with NGO’s, government and corporates brings the best results and is enthused to bring this Upcycle Collective to a New Zealand audience.
Her background has been working for the government in refugee and human rights matters, Auckland Council on environmental compliance and in the corporate sector for PWC. Ger also works for Social Enterprise Auckland in a bid to promote environmental and social wellbeing outcomes in a business setting. Ger Tew hails from Dublin Ireland and moved to New Zealand in 2001.
The ReCreators is an environmental and social enterprise that has a mission of getting upcycled products on to the shelves of some of the largest retailers in Auckland. Working with community representatives at a local makerspace, they are designing products using resources from construction and deconstruction waste with the intention of changing the way consumers think about ‘second-hand’ and ‘re-used’ items. Their aim for 2020 is to work with large retailers on prototypes items and to have designed a logistics system to allow them to sell products in a mainstream market.
MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET
The ReCreators 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.