Manufacturing our economic recovery
Economies that are good at making stuff tend to be more resilient in times of hardship and are generally the first to recover when things improve.
The Made On Sheppey initiative shows how we can begin to rekindle The Island’s manufacturing heritage and it shows how we don’t need to wait for some global company to come and poor £millions into The Island to get things going.
Upcycling or repurposing is in vogue and continues to grow in popularity. Steps are already underway to open an upcycling centre and to create an exclusive range of desirable products made from stuff that most people would throw away.
3D printing is about to explode in 2013 and The Island can become masters of this technology, even push the boundaries and develop techniques for using recycled materials to use with the 3D printing technology.
The Island has a strong history in cement works and good skills in working with the material. Polished eco-cement tiles, worktops and floors are becoming more and more popular so there is a good opportunity to start a business that specialised in making these products.
On average we have around £500 of unused clothes in our wardrobe. The ‘Made On Sheppey’ plan shows how we can turn this fact into an exciting business opportunity for those with a creative touch.
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