Click here to read our latest Annual Review – please do have a read to see what we do, who we work with and how, in the future, you can get involved.
Although we had hoped to open to customers from Monday 4th January we have taken the decision to remain closed for the coming weeks. It’s not a decision that we have taken lightly but one we feel is the right one for the safety of everyone.
At the moment we aren’t able to say when we hope to reopen but please keep an eye on our website, Twitter and Instagram and we will post there when we have an idea of dates. In the meantime unfortunately we are unable to accept donations until we reopen.
Sarah, Sarah & Chris
Do you collect items on behalf of your school or playgroup? If so then please be aware that we have changed what we collect now. A new copy of the exchange rates has been emailed to the lead contact on your account if you need to double check but if you have any queries about what we take please don’t hesitate to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
…you will meet a lovely bunch of volunteers from the Cone Exchange exploring their new woodland project! Keen to learn more about the new tree planting relationship with the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust and see firsthand the difference their trees will make to the environment, a group of hardy volunteers ventured out on an unseasonably cold day to visit our recently planted trees in Woodale Wood.
We are thrilled to have launched a new partnership with the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust to plant new trees in the Yorkshire Dales through the sales of paper, card and other papercrafting materials in our craft recycling shop. The launch sees the planting of 300 new trees this year, with a further 400 planned over the next two years.
“As a business, we’re really excited to combine our local environmental and community work with our long-term passion for trees, by creating our own Cone Exchange Wood,” says Chris Powell, our Community Champion who runs the project. “We’re thrilled that the money raised will be used to create a project that our volunteers and customers can visit to see first-hand the impact these trees will have,”he continues.
We were thrilled to be invited to appear on Blue Peter alongside a group of crafty children from Hookstone Chase Primary School. Our very own Chris Powell was interviewed by presenters Radzi and Lindsey and explained about the Cone Exchange and how we reuse items that are destined for landfill. Chris was thrilled to be presented with his very own Green Blue Peter badge which will take pride of place with his MBE!
We were on CBBC on Thursday 21st June at 5.30pm and its available on BBC I-Player now if you want to check it out.
The Cone Exchange has enjoyed another successful year. At the heart of the Cone Exchange is a commitment to give waste a new lease of life and to see ability, not disability, in people.
Over the course of the year we’ve recycled our own business waste along with that of 12 other businesses, raised over £15,000 for local good causes, and hosted 800 hours of work placements for adults with additional learning needs.
More information on the Cone Exchange’s impact during the year gone by can be found in our 2017 Annual Review.
Our main work experience partner at the Cone Exchange, Henshaws, were recently in receipt of a Good Cause Award from our family business. They had applied for a little help with purchasing some new garden furniture for the community allotment that they had just taken over the maintenance of and were thrilled to be able to purchase the items from Horticap, one of the social enterprises we have worked with closely for a number of years. It’s a fantastic feeling when our partners can all work together for the benefit of the community.
Lee Gray, Work Experience Co-Ordinator at Henshaws tells us:
“Thanks to Bettys & Taylors we were able to have Horticap build us a composter and some raised garden beds for the allotment. The allotment is owned by MIND and managed by The Home Group. We were able to bring together 6 local charities and businesses that are working together to make the community better for everyone. Thank you Horticap, you guys are amazing.”
One of our most regular customers wanted her daughter to have something extra special to carry down the aisle that she could keep to pass on to future generations. Using a variety of materials and embellishments from her own stash topped up with some extras from the Cone Exchange she created this beautiful horseshoe with her daughter’s name and the wedding date on the back. A truly beautiful and unique wedding gift.
With the role of being a bridesmaid can come many different tasks – helping the bride pick her dress, organising the hen-do or even being asked to help with the decorations. This is where local blogger The Harrogate Girl, aka Vix Turner, found herself last year. Here she tells us how she solved her decorating conundrum!
Jo is one of our best customers so it seems very fitting that her wedding to Kevin was a homemade vintage style celebration with lots of finishing touches from the Cone Exchange.
Jo says: ‘So much of this handmade wedding was made possible because of inspiration from The Cone Exchange. All the personal touches we could add because of it being handmade will be treasured forever – and also our family and friends got involved with the makes and that made it even more special. Below are just a few of the examples of what we made.’
Over the past few weeks we have had a number of customers visit the shop looking for inspiration for their weddings. Some are getting married soon, others have only just got engaged but all are looking for ideas and themes for their big day. If you are looking for something different or are a keen recycler then we might just have some ideas for you. Look out for the next few installments all showing how you can recycle and repurpose Cone Exchange materials as part of your celebrations.
As you may remember from last Summer Anna shared snaps of her wedding planning using recycled materials from the Cone Exchange including beautiful handmade wedding invitations. Here are just a few of the lovely pictures she shared with us of her wedding day.
We were thrilled to be part of one of our younger customers efforts in successfully applying for a Blue Peter ‘Green’ Badge. Monty had visited the Cone Exchange with his mum and took inspiration from the items that our volunteers had made from recycled materials. Taking away material and felt offcuts Monty created this lovely Blue Peter cushion and wrote a letter explaining where he had got the idea from.
Many people take the opportunity to have a post-Christmas clear out. Once the decorations come down it’s time to clean up and take stock of what we no longer have a use for anymore. If this sounds familiar the Cone Exchange might be able to help!
If you are a keen crafter then any materials such as fabric, ribbon, wool, sewing or embroidery threads or tapestry supplies then we will find the best way to either re-sell or repurpose your donations. However there might be other items that you are wanting to clear out that other charities and social enterprises in the local area might be able to make good use of. Click below for more places to recycle.
With only 12 sleeps to go till Christmas it’s almost time for the Cone Exchange to close for the school holidays. There is just one week for you to stock up on junk modelling materials for the kids or gift boxes for wrapping up your goodies. You may even have time for some last minute Christmas crafting like one of our crafty customers, Emma, who created this lovely festive wreath over the weekend.
The Cone Exchange will be closed from Thursday 15th December until Tuesday 3rd January 2017.
Christmas came early for Year 9 pupils at King James School, Knaresborough as they created their entry into the Christmas tree festival at St John’s church This year’s tree came with an unusual mesasage – recycling! Made with Cone Exchange materials the Christmas tree was to raise awareness of recycling at a time of year when so much packaging, wrapping paper and food is wasted.
Here at the Cone Exchange we love all things crafty and to be part of the Knitting & Stitching Show is a huge event in our calendar. It’s such a privilege to be part of such a landmark event in the Harrogate year and it is with great pride that we set up our stand to show what can be made with waste materials from the fabric industry.
Pauline Thompson, a waitress at Bettys Northallerton, shared this picture. She tells us ‘Here is my granddaughter Hettie and her friend making butterflies with Captain Rummage at the Great Yorkshire Show. It was great to see the Cone Exchange there as Chris gave Helmsley School 30 chutney buckets earlier in the year for the reception class to do a sponsored water carry to raise money for Oxfam, Water Aid and York Flood Relief. They raised £400 and are still using the buckets in school.’