Two great ideas. Two winners of the Arthur Guinness Fund Award. The Fund give up to €1 million in funding to projects that are making a positive impact on their community. It is for social entrepreneurs aged 25-35 “who have a brilliant urban regeneration idea that will make a difference to their local community.”
Above Gregory Chauvet from Glasgow Bike Shed in Scotland. He has recycled 700 bikes - and saved over 7 tonnes from going into landfill. It’s through teaching people how to mend their cycles - and from re-fitting old machines that get dropped off at his Glasgow Bike Shop that he and his team have done it.
The video below is with another winner Edwin Broni Menash from Manchester, England. He wants to combat the over-use of plastic water bottles, and the fact they get tipped into landfill by getting people to use his aluminium bottles filled with tap water. Sold in cafes in Manchester, Edwin is now bringing the project to London, starting in Tottenham. He puts 70p of all sales going to water projects in Africa and is looking to involve athletes from next year’s Olympics as well. More at Give Me Tap.