Guest post by Hazel from Hazel Loves Design, who will cover the best of boutique and indie design from the ever growing creative community in New Zealand.
When you live in Christchurch, you can barely drive to the local park without seeing the devastation left in the wake of the earthquake. Be it homes that are still sitting damaged and boarded up, roads with pot holes or, for the more fortunate, construction zones and builders' vans.
It is a sad time for many people with their family homes 'red stickered' and sanctioned for demolition. Imagine realising that your family home, with memories of your childhood, is destined for the tip! This is the reality for so many of those living in our city.
This is why I love Rekindle so much. ReKindle is a fabulous group of designers who salvage timber from these destruction zones, turning waste wood into furniture, jewellery and other useful objects. They are driving the concept of social enterprise, creating a sustainable business from tragic circumstances.
"A social enterprise is a special thing. It sits somewhere in-between business and charity, and this unique combination of values enables real change in the world, not just a promise of change. Social enterprise is not 'not-for-profit', it is 'for profit', but the motive to make profit is to directly address the mission of the project. Profit is reinvested to ensure the enterprise grows, to guarantee sustainability of the project and to continue to address the issue requiring change." Rekindle.
In this modern day of throw-away fashion, the ability to repurpose, re-use and re-cycle is going to be the hero at the end of the day. I love each of the pieces that are created and can see them being used in homes and restaurants around the country.