Rothar leading the creation of an upcycling culture
Published 12/05/2016 | 09:59
Rothar is a social enterprise focused on the upcycling of old bicycles. It’s a shining example of success in an endeavour to provide products and services that have a minimal impact on the environment and make the community a better place for all involved.
We spoke with Anne Bedos, founder and director of Rothar, which has gone from just one small workshop in Phibsborough to having two shops and a third training facility. They have, in a short time, upcycled and reconditioned thousands of bikes for the streets of Dublin. More importantly, they have also created an appreciation and a culture around the reuse and recycling of objects. As Anne says, “success is when people don’t notice you”. Rothar has become part of the fabric of Dublin life.
We live on a planet with finite resources so the sooner we start doing more with less, the sooner we can move towards a sustainable future. Like Rothar, Bord na Móna is a company that is transitioning to a sustainable business model. Known to us all throughout the years as an organisation focused on the harvesting of peat for fuel, Bord na Móna has now diversified into an array of sustainable activities. These include renewable energy sources such as wind, biomass, and the recovery and reuse of waste. More than this, the organisation is leading the change through biodiversity conservation, the rehabilitation of former working peatlands, and the development of free public amenities.
Bord na Móna operates waste recovery, and waste repurposing services from three waste recovery facilities. One of these facilities converts waste to generate enough electricity to power over 8,000 homes. A range of advanced waste processing, segregation, treatment and recycling technologies are deployed at each waste recovery facility. This technology efficiently and economically extracts the maximum benefits from waste and significantly reduces the amount of waste for disposal.
Bord na Móna is transforming the way it operates, not only to align with a new way of thinking about how we treat the planet, but to lead the way, like Rothar, in the creation of a new culture of care and environmental responsibility. All of this is done to improve the quality of life for every person on this island while safeguarding the environment for future generations.