Good Green Fun
Good Green Fun is a new CIC (Community Interest Company) based in Stirling that was set up to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill in the Forth Valley area by providing the means to reuse and recycle second hand children's items such as toys, clothes, books, buggies and cots. These items are sold at affordable prices through an outlet in central Stirling.
Helen Sturrock, the Managing Director of Good Green Fun, she set the company up in October 2006. Having gained an environmental degree and working at Stirling University's Institute of Aquaculture, Helen got the opportunity to attend a seminar on starting your own business at the University. Helen was already thinking along recycling lines and when she came up with the idea for recycling children's toys and clothes the idea quickly began to take shape.
Helen received support and advice from Stirling Enterprise (STEP) Business Gateway who helped her source business accommodation at Stirling Enterprise Park. Being 28 meant she could get a £1,000 young person's start-up grant. Further funding was accessed from SEPA and the Scottish Executive INCREASE programme.
Helen says "we're living in a throw away culture. Clothes and toys are no longer passed down as used to happen. Today, it's more a case of being first to buy the latest model or style of pram or the latest 'must have' toy. When you multiply this up it's not hard to imagine the devastating implications for the environment around us. In fact, to put it into some kind of perspective, an estimated 17,860 toys go to landfill in the Stirling council area every year."
The company is particularly keen to incorporate local primary schools into the programme as this gets the recycling message through to children early on. Good Green Fun is aiming to be self-sufficient after the first year.
For more information contact:
Good Green Fun, Unit 31, Stirling Enterprise Park, John Player Building, Stirling FK7 7RP. Tel: 01786 849216 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.goodgreenfun.co.uk Opening times are Tues – Sat 9am – 4pm.
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