Event Cycle and Spruce help ensure large scale events can have a lasting impact
As the world evaluates the legacy of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the work has just begun for a team based at COP26, who are focused on ensuring the conference brings value to communities across Scotland.
Event Cycle, working with MJ’s Events Services and Spruce are collaborating to ensure as much of the flooring materials a possible are reused. At the heart of this work will be lifting 15,000sqm of carpet from the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and donating it to social enterprise Spruce. As Scotland’s only flooring re-use charity, Spruce will ensure that over the next few months the flooring finds its way to organisations and households who can really benefit from it.
Austin Hardie, chief executive of Spruce Carpets, said: "This is a unique opportunity for Spruce. Our social enterprise is focused on working to help the community and the environment. The two are not mutually exclusive.
"With the world’s attention focused on Glasgow, this arrangement with the UK Government and Event Cycle allows us to bring the legacy of COP26 to the households and community organisations of Scotland who really need support. We will be storing the high-quality carpet and fitting it into low-income homes across the country as part of our ongoing work.
"One of our guiding principles is to provide opportunities for people who have been excluded from the labour market so there are benefits for so many levels of society. At a deeper level, Spruce relies on collaboration. This work shows just what can be achieved by working together with partners. A classic example of ‘think global, act local!’
Chantal Kerr-Sheppard, director of Event Cycle, said: "We're thrilled to be included as part of the legacy work from COP26 after setting up Event Cycle to tackle the challenge of sustainability in one industry and create positive social impact in another. We're so happy that we can benefit organisations all across Glasgow and continue to do so after the event has been and gone."
Jennifer Bishopp, COO of MJ’s Event Services, said: "As a fully sustainable flooring supplier to the events and exhibition industry, MJ’s have been engaged since the inception of this project in finding the most sustainable outlet for all the flooring products used. The choice by the organiser to use a residential carpet at COP26 immediately led us to engage with Spruce to repurpose as much of the carpet as possible. We hope that this carpet will make a difference to low-income households and perhaps add a little warmth to people’s homes this Christmas.’