Unique handmade items from waste plastic

Green Hive Workshop is a not for profit community workshop space in Nairn set up by volunteers to facilitate the creative upcycling of waste in the Highlands.

We make hand made items from single use plastics, and other waste streams, from items collected and donated around Nairnshire and the Moray Firth.

We support a diverse group of volunteers, to learn new skills, build confidence, share conversations, experiences, and support a safe and inclusive workshop environment, focused on making new things from waste. 

Our waste plastics project ‘upcycles’ single use plastics into unique hand crafted items that we hope people will enjoy for many years.  Each clock is handmade by one of our volunteers. The variety of salvaged waste plastic we collect, means the colour mix of each clock is completely unique.

All profits from sales of our waste plastic items goes back into supporting Green Hive Workshop and other environmental projects in Nairnshire.

For more information on supporting Green Hive Workshop  –

For sales and micro wholesale enquires please contact andy@greenhive.co.uk 

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Website http://www.greenhive.co.uk
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Workshop Wish List

Andy and the team of volunteers up at the workshop are about to start creating the first clocks on a regular basis, they have a tried and tested method and using your donated plastic they have put together this vibrant prototype –

Our workshop space is almost fully kitted out for recycling HDPE 2 plastic, there are a couple of things left on our wish list below – if you have an item that is on this list and you would like to donate it to Green Hive, get in touch with Andy by email or pop in to the workshop on Thursdays between 11am – 5pm

Workshop Wish List 2.0

  • Working Electric Oven (ideally under 2.2KW) fitted or freestanding
  • Magnification Lamp (desktop size)
  • Kitchen sink (stainless steel)
  • Working fridge
  • Some indoor plants for the workshop
  • Roll of Vinyl Floor covering to cover an area 2.5m x 2.5m
  • Working Hoover
  • Working Sawdust collector
  • Desktop vice (or engineers vice)
  • Stainless steel bowls, steel pans, baking trays etc

Let us know what you think of our design so far! You can pop in and see us at below address.

If you have items to donate from our wishlist we can arrange to collect if nescessaryand we are still collecting your HDPE 2 plastic at the workshop during our volunteer days –

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More experiments in recycled single use plastics

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Dates for February

Here’s what we have planned for February so far, we’ll keep you in the loop with any updates or changes.

Any questions or suggestions? Ping us an email nre@greenhive.co.uk

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Green Hive in 2020

We hope you all enjoyed the start of the New Year, we have returned to the office and we are off to a flying start with getting the calendar filled in for events over the next 12 months!

What’s New?

We have added an “Upcoming events” widget to right hand side of the homepage of the website which gives you a quick summary of what we have coming up in the immediate future, we’ll also keep you in the loop each month with our newsletter, blog posts and social media shares, so watch this space!

Here’s how January is shaping up so far:

This week we have the first New Friends and Natter of the year on Friday 17/01 at 10am – 1pm, and the first Bumblebags session on Saturday 18/01 from 11am-2pm. Caroline is looking to get your input on how you are enjoying these activities and working out ways to implement your suggestions into these two fantastic events.

Andy and his expert team of workshop wizards are almost ready to start reforming waste plastic into artisan products, drop in and see him if you have time to spare on a Thursday between 11am – 5pm, whether just to drop of your HDPE plastic, or to do a bit of workshop maintenance – everyone is welcome.

We are also hosting a drop in session for the Highland Food Growing Strategy on the 24th of January between 17:30 – 19:30, this is a free session for anyone who currently grows their own food or who would like to start growing their own food and will be a really good opportunity to discuss the support that could be given to allow people to grow their own food. If you are interested in attending this event, please book your ticket here or contact caroline@greenhive.co.uk due to the size of the hub space there will be limitations on numbers.

As always we are keen to hear from our membership about any ideas they have for events, whether new or to improve – come and see us at the Natter or pop Caroline an email caroline@greenhive.co.uk

Happy January Green Hivers!

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Highland Food Growing Strategy – Community Drop in, 24th January

Are you interested in growing your own food? Do you currently grow your own and are looking for support? Pop along to this drop in session –

Green Hive are proud to host this session for the Highland Food Growing strategy –

The Highland Council is currently in the process of developing a Food Growing Strategy for the Highlands, and is making a call to green-fingered Highland residents with an interest in “growing your own food.”

If you are involved in growing your own fruit, vegetables, herbs or flowers or would like to start but don’t know how, then we’d like to hear from you. As part of this strategy will be mapping out all the Grow Your Own activity across the Highlands, from allotments to community orchards and school polytunnels to market gardens, so if you are involved in any of these, please get in touch to let us know about your project.

We would also like to hear about your ideas for the future, challenges and barriers you have experienced, highlight models of best practice and identify opportunities to make growing your own easier.

The drop in session will take place at our Hub in the Links Studios on Grant Street, from 17:30 – 19:30 on the 24/01/20.

Due to venue size limitations, spaces will be limited to 15 for this event, please use this link to book your space or contact caroline@greenhive.co.uk

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We’re looking for a manager!

This is an exciting time for us as we establish our new workshop and launch income-generating projects transforming waste materials such as single use plastic into useful products for the community. We want to appoint a manager who can take a lead in working with the Board, managing our two part-time staff, helping us develop our income generating projects and taking on new projects and staff as funds allow. We also need you to ensure our continued engagement with the communities of Nairn.

This role is likely to appeal to those with experience of managing staff in a small organisation, managing and controlling budgets and grant fundraising, preferably in a voluntary sector, social enterprise or environmental organisation

An understanding of environmental action, recycling and the re-purposing of waste is highly desirable but not essential. Experience of product marketing would also be very useful.

This is a one-year full-time contract, renewable subject to funding. Remuneration £26,000.

The summary job description is downloadable below. Please contact Simon Noble, Chair, by email at simon@greenhive.co.uk for a more detailed specification and further information. Apply by emailing him your CV and a covering letter explaining why you think you are most suitable for the role.

Closing Date for applications 5pm, Thursday 9th January 2020.

Interviews either 23rd or 27th January.

Summary Job Description and Person Specification – Manager 231219 v2

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Farewell to Kirsty

Kirsty is leaving us. We said farewell on Sunday at the Christmas Gaithering.

Kirsty was with us for two and a half years and saw us through very rapid growth from a small, volunteer group to the charity employing two other staff that we have become now. She did fantastic work growing the activities we run and building a great volunteer base. More recently she helped us to the point of launching our plastic repurposing enterprise at our Balmakeith workshop. She leaves us in good shape and we wish her all the best for the future.

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