CEW’s approach is community-focused. A circular economy with practices and principles aligned with the needs of the social and foundational economies. CEW is establishing proven models run by practitioners across our global networks. We work with reuse organisations wishing to diversify their social and environmental offering and the income from it whilst at the same time making arrangements to embed the liquidity saving measures of Wales’s new mutual credit system, the Celyn.
Proven exemplars of community ingenuity are now moving forward globally. CEW is connected to a number of international zero waste organisations that are involved at the front line of service delivery. Our mapping of the social economy reuse sector in 2019 shows that the sector has not been able to take enough of the new opportunities to fulfil contracts with local authorities, to establish new services and reach further into our communities.
With seed funding from the Welsh Government, CEW has been developing partnerships to bring new services to fruition.
With strategic investment, CEW aims to broaden, deepen and build on its innovative work and accelerate progress:
- A stimulus to locally grown and organic food by helping the social economy produce products to stimulate regenerative farming in their communities.
- Community-owned micro-reprocessing services for upcycling glass, plastics and wood; to turn these material streams into useable product desired that are saleable to community members
- Collaborating to create a unified online marketplace (a REBAY if you will) for products made in Wales.
- Embedding the redistribution of all surplus food into Welsh culture, via small scale but numerous, non-stigma and non-means-tested Community Fridge services
- The Foundational Economy Challenge Fund backed Celyn, being rolled out by CEW, is a global first for Wales; a liquidity saving measure that closes the loop on recycling/reuse initiatives by further circulating the wealth it generates in the locality. (Mutual Credit is part of Switzerland’s economic success story, see section 4)