Trawling through scrap yards are some of the lengths that Dubliner, Emmet Bosonnet goes to, to do his bit for the environment. The trips to the metal dealers support his Dublin city based upcycling business, Kopper Kreation.
The company reuses industrial materials like copper and brass to make handcrafted household items. ‘‘We love to spend as much time as possible down in the local scrap yard sifting through the various treasure that people disregard and try to create something new and eye catching’’ says Emmet.
The work although unusual for a qualified engineer with an honours’ degree, is in keeping with Kopper Kreation’s sustainability ethos which strives to use reclaimed, recycled materials and packaging as much as possible. The company was set up in 2018 after Emmet grew increasingly concerned about the amount of waste material generated by business and personal use that was going to landfill.
Having previously worked in the renewables sector, Emmet coupled his knowledge with creative flair to make interesting and eclectic homewares from repurposed materials. Today, over 50% of the company’s raw materials are from recycled sources. Not only that, all Kopper Kreation products are produced with longevity in mind with carefully thought out production techniques to ensure its products last a lifetime.
“I think all businesses should be doing everything in their power to reduce, reuse and recycle at every point – because consumers are aware of this and want to see green credentials before committing to a purchase” says Emmet.
Because he cares and his consumers care about the environment, Emmet took up the ‘Green for Micro’ programme run by The Dublin City Local Enterprise Office to help his business align its materials and business processes with its core value of sustainability. Spurred on by the experience, Emmet implemented other changes across the business, ‘’All of my packaging is *FSC certified and, where possible, from recycled sources. Also, I don’t use plastic packaging and I recycle cardboard and bubble wrap’’ adding, “I have also begun using technology to implement a seamless accounts and banking package which has completely removed the use of printed paper’’.
Emmet hopes that other small businesses can be inspired by Kopper Kreation’s example to go green and sign up to the ‘Green for Micro’ programme at https://www.localenterprise.ie/Green
To see the goods made by Emmet go to www. kopperkreation.com
*Forest Stewardship Council Certification