Cork's focus is on sustainable way of living

October 22nd, 2019 8:05 PM

By Southern Star Team

Celebrity chef Lilly Higgins with county mayor Christopher O'Sullivan launching this year's Reuse Republic initiative. (Photo: Darragh Kane)

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THE ReUse Republic exhibition returns for its third year to Cork showcasing some of this country’s most innovative and imaginative upcyclers, reuse initiatives and eco businesses. 

Held at County Hall and free to the public, the exhibition will give attendees the opportunity to meet people involved in various reuse themes; including furniture, food, clothing, paint and more. 

In addition to the main exhibition hall, there will also be a series of talks, demonstrations, and a clothing swap shop taking place throughout the event. The highlight of this year’s event will be a special food workshop with chef Lilly Higgins who will show how to make the most out of every single potential ingredient in your kitchen. 

Lilly will be hosting a cookery demonstration at the event and said the public can expect loads of new ideas, recipes and tips on how to cut down on food waste, reduce the amount of plastic in their kitchen, meal plan and shop to save money and the environment.

‘I’ll be sharing lots of gorgeous recipes and ideas for how to make your cooking as eco-friendly and delicious as possible,’ she said. 

Some of the exhibitors attending ReUse Republic will include Badly Made Books, Cork Zero Waste, Twig Refill, Food Cloud, Handmade By Kata, Mamukko and ReCreate. 

The aim of the exhibition is to give its audience a sense of the wide range of possibilities and opportunities that exist in extending the perceived life of materials.

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey said: ‘We continue to make great strides here in Cork in terms of reuse and recycling and it is something that we have shown great leadership in nationally. Events like ReUse Republic are a great way of connecting with the public on this issue and inviting them to learn from some of the innovators in the field and find practical ways of introducing more reuse ideas to their homes.’

ReUse Republic runs at Cork County Hall from 2-7pm on Thursday October 24th. 

Those wishing to attend the workshops should register at: as there will be a limited number of places for some of the workshops, including Lilly’s food demonstration.  

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