Could you spare a moment and help me? Please vote for my Sustainable Business

Could you spare a moment and help me?

Please vote for my Sustainable Business

 

I make up-cycled recycled glass panel from bottle glass. The only company in UK that collect, clean and process bottles before making them into a high-end artisan 100% recycled glass panels for architectural and interior installations. And i need your help to win. Click here to read and vote.

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Tyra Oseng-Rees

Photo by Johan Butenschøn Skre

Photo by Johan Butenschøn Skre

Wish me good luck tomorrow! With over 3000 applications to #GBEA I feel like a winner.

What a lovely email from the #GBEA team. Looking forward tomorrow and just knowing that they have had over 3000 applications this year make me feel like a winner already!

We cannot wait to see you at your regional final for #GBEA tomorrow. 

I’m sure my team have expressed this before, but I just wanted to reiterate that we were completely blown away by the quality of applications this year. Making the shortlist is no mean feat, especially when you consider that once again, we had over 3,000 applications for 2019. Regardless of the results on the night, I’m looking forward to raising a glass with you to incredible entrepreneurial endeavours, spirit and success. Our judges have given us feedback that this year is the strongest they have ever seen, and that’s coming from entrepreneurs behind some of Britain’s best loved and most well-known brands including Go Compare, King of Shaves, Mulberry, MOBO and Cath Kidston. I hope that you can see that with #GBEA we are a little bit more than ‘just’ an awards programme. Instead, we’re building an incredibly inclusive and rapidly growing community of entrepreneurs who agree with us in that we can all achieve more when we support one another. We do that through putting on useful events, making connections, profiling and writing about, amplifying and sharing the news of entrepreneurs within our alumni. 

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2019 Finalist-#GBEA “Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur?”

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I am a finalist in the Great British Entrepreneur Award in the category “Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year”.

And with this nomination, I already feel like a winner!

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I believe in telling a story and when the question “Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur?” needed to be answered I started with the beginning, and here is an extract of the answer I gave…

 …Growing up with an entrepreneurial father I always dreamt about starting my own business.…. …He always encouraged me if I had ideas, urged me to sell or to negotiate prices at any opportunities, and told me I could do anything I wanted if I just worked hard enough. This became a lifelong dream…

…with a shrinking confidence about my skill set in a every so increasing global competitive market I didn’t believe I could start my own business. But a pivotal moment happened in my life, I realised that my career was determined by others. Even with my passion and determination I could not influence the future plans… … if I ever going to follow my dreams, this was the time…

#GBEA @entreprepreneursgb

Changing young mindsets- Bumblebee project with primary school

What can be done with the decline of the Bumblebees? Oseng-Rees Reflection has developed a workshop aimed at primary school children to raise awareness of the plight of the bumblebee

The children learn about identifying the bumblebees, drawing and painting them through the medium of art them, and finally making a piece of art that will reflect the bees fragility in recycled glass.

Benefits of the workshop. Pupils will

  • learn about pollinators and bumblebees, and its importance in protecting them

  • learn observation skills and eye to hand coordination in sketching and painting

  • learn the design process from idea, planning to final product/art

  • learn about environmental matters and recycling

  • Being introduced to circular economy how glass can be used over and over again and the importance for recycling

  • learn mathematical skills through measurement and weight of glass in the making process

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To change the mindset from us-and-them to team-strengths

The last thing I did before leaving academia were to develop an interdisciplinary research and teaching approach to learning and teaching in sustainability. Having been very fortunate that my old institution during my doctoral research promoted an interdisciplinary approach to research I have in the last decade worked across fields such as art, design, engineering and science. With a college degree in art, bachelor’s degree in product design, PhD in recycled glass and a post doc in engineering my interdisciplinary experience has made me appreciate the complexity of sustainable development.

The global crisis is not a single problem that only experts can solve, nor a solution with government legislation. The consequences of the global crisis are as much a mindset that needs to be changed and this mindset can be seen at all level of the society, on a micro level as well as on macro level. To change the mindset from us-and-them, short-term-success and individual-career-goals, to team-strengths, collaborative-attitudes and social-economy is not done overnight. The paper Using interdisciplinary research project collaborations as a pedagogic tool to enhance learning and teaching published in the open source journal Wales Journal of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in 2019 are describing the results from a interdisciplinary project that fostered the five-ways-of-working from the Wellbeing of Future Generation Act (collaboration, integration, prevention, involvement and long-term thinking).

Below is a picture of some of the authors in the published paper.

Fron Left: J. Ferriz-Papi, G.Owen, A.Nantel, L. Hopkinson, I. Standen and T. Oseng-Rees

Fron Left: J. Ferriz-Papi, G.Owen, A.Nantel, L. Hopkinson, I. Standen and T. Oseng-Rees

World Environmental Day

I enjoyed the event ‘Building a Sustainable Future’ on the World Environment Day today organised by Swansea University and their REIS team at National Waterfront Museum today. I also had the pleasure to display my work and talk about how my love and passion for sustainability, art and science and how I combine my passion in my business to give you a bespoke recycled glass product with a story attached to it.

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Crafting a sustainable Modernity-Breaking boundaries for something you believe in!

Breaking boundaries for something you believe in!

How do you move forward in your academic career when you always fall between chairs? When the labels available for you is either “art” , “engineering” or “sustainability”. When research funding is is only for those who have many years experience and funding only is released in priority areas. How can you innovate then? How can you create new ways of thinking? And what do you do when you only meet closed doors? You find new ways, you dare taking risks, and you need to believe strongly that what you are doing is the right thing! And I did it! Against all odds I carved out a small pilot project, presented it to the senior managements, project management, lecturers and students. And one by one got on board with me ,and this research paper recently published you can read how it happened.

I want to thank everyone who were involved, especially lecturers Ian Standen and Juan-Ferriz Papi, Lisa Burkl, Lara Hopkinson and Greg Owen.

Making Futures Journal 2017 Crafting a sustainable Modernity - towards a maker aesthetics of production and consumption.

Oseng-Rees, T., Standen, I., & Ferriz-Papi, J., 2018, An interdisciplinary project using recycled glass as an aesthetically pleasing architectural material, Making Futures: Crafting a sustainable Modernity - towards a maker aesthetics of production and consumption. Vol 5. ISSN 2042-1664 Click here for full paper

Incredible proud to be featured in Advances Wales, The Journal for Science, Engineering and Technology.

Read Page 16 Making art from recycled glass

https://businesswales.gov.wales/innovation/sites/innovation/files/documents/Advances88_English%20WEB%20VERSION.pdf

Oseng-Rees Reflection has developed an innovative way of recycling glass bottles to make sustainable, decorative panels for architectural applications. Once the contents of glass bottles have been consumed, they tend to be put in a mixed colour glass skip and collected for recycling. These bottles typically end up being down cycled to make low value products such as filter beds and aggregates. Oseng-Rees Reflection, based in Swansea, is now up cycling recycled glass bottles into a sustainable material that is aesthetically pleasing and suitable for interior and architectural installations, wall panels and tiles.

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Modern World, Recycled glass- a guest lecture to architect students

So where do you start when you are being asked to deliver a guest lecture inModern World’ with the topic ‘Recycled glass’ to architect students?

Guest lecturing at School of Architecture, University of W ales Trinity Saint David

Guest lecturing at School of Architecture, University of W ales Trinity Saint David

The most natural place is to talk about why recycling is important. Why sustainability and circular economy is something that they need to consider and how the four pillars of sustainability (environment, economic, social and cultural) need to be at their heart of decision making when they work towards their degree in architecture. But most importantly, why they cannot sit back and wait for new legislations to force them into decisions that consider future generations.  It must be infused in their lives, be a part of their thinking, and they must break out of business-as-usual way of thinking.

My passion for the environment, sustainability, arts and science has always been a part of my life. But how did it become a part of my life in the first place? I had influencers around me, people with passion, people who cared about environment, and people whose actions made changes towards a better society. And me…? I was encouraged to speak up too.

And with these pictures from 1992 my, lecture started!

The environmental pages: Text/illustration Tyra 1992

What is the word environment?

The word environment is used a lot today. It is classroom environment, indoor environment, outdoor environment [and stuff like that]. In marketing of products there is many environmentally friendly products available. So, this shows that many people are concerned about the environment. And this is what I would like to talk more about, about environment and pollution.

Locally, Saltdal (my town) has very little impact in the big world. We have no industry to speak of, but locally there is always something that we can improve. For example, the sewage under the local pier and by the camping place that releases raw unfiltered sewage out. We have a landfill site next to the river, and we can see rubbish drifting downstream in the river, and unfiltered sewage are released here too. But in regards of the raw sewage, I have interviewed Arne Hals.

Interview with Technical Manager from the local council, Arne Hals.

Me: Is it allowed to release unfiltered sewage in the fjord?

AH: Yes and no. We can release sewage, but not the way we do it. We do have a sieve that reduces it by 20-30%. This is a problem and something and we will try to move the pipe into deeper water, but it is unknown when this will be done. 

Me: What about the fjord? Can it cope with this?

AH: Yes, it copes better than the river. It takes what it can take.

Me: Regarding the river, is it rubbish or sewage that is drifting downstream?

AH: It is sewage. But it is a water pipe further downstream and it can look quite foul. And it has been talked about taking some water samples, but this cost money.

High voltage power masts: Text/Illustration, Tyra 1992

High voltage power masts: Text/Illustration, Tyra 1992

Imaging, a beautiful summers day

Imaging, a beautiful summers day some ten, eleven and twelve-year-old children goes to the forest to build a den to play in. And they discover that trees have been cut down, even the great climbing tree is gone. Later they find out that it has been deforested due to a high-voltage power masts which is due to be installed there. No one knew that these high-voltage power masts were to be put up right there

Well, it has been a year since this case was discussed and the electricity company agreed that the high voltage masts could be moved further south. But when the masts were installed it was only moved about ten meters south. We don’t know much about its high voltage power masts, but what we do know is that it is high risk to be close to them. And despite this, they still insist of putting one up near the housing estates by Nygård.

I mean it, STOP with pollution!. ; Text/Illustration Tyra, 1992

I mean it, STOP with pollution!. ; Text/Illustration Tyra, 1992

But the big world has great concerns,

as for example the ozone layer has as many holes as a Sweitzer-cheese. And children in Africa is born blind due to the harmful sun-rays coming through the broken ozone layer. The sun-rays are so dangerous that we soon cannot go outside without protection from the sun. We can get skin cancer and various other scary things like that.

So, this is what I say, and not just me, we are young and old who says this. STOP!!! We don’t want more of the acid rain, sun burns, skin cancer, foul smell and difficulties to breath. STOP!!! Stop with pollution, try to reduce waste. Recycle your wastes, start a compost in the garden, put plastic in one bag and paper and cardboard in another. And the waste that can’t be recycled you can landfill. Smoking is bad for your health too, both for smokers and non-smokers. You can demand a smoke free environment both for eating and working in.

So, to those of you who have read this, I mean it, don’t just sit there and stare at the wall, do something. We have only one earth to live on.

And at last, some tip for you all.

*    Ask people to turn off their car engine when standing still

*    Ask people to pick up the litter they throw after them self

*    Ask mum and dad to cycle to work/shop

*    If you must use the car share it, not just sit one and one in it

*    Respect non-smokers

What is sustainability?

The lecture continues with debates, discussions and philosophical views about the future, the responsibilities of the next generation and how past generations has consumed resources without the thoughts of tomorrow. We discussed how circular economy will be a part of the future and how ‘Potential employment opportunities to Wales of operation of transformational circular economy’.

Slide from: Dr Andy Rees, OBE, Head of Waste Strategy Waste & Resource Efficiency Division, Welsh Government

Slide from: Dr Andy Rees, OBE, Head of Waste Strategy Waste & Resource Efficiency Division, Welsh Government

The students were then introduced to some facts and figures of glass recycling today and shown a video from groundbreaking research by Telesilla Bristogianni and Faidra Oikonomopoulou at Delft University using glass as structural elements, which you can see here.

The research proposal that gave grounds for the amendments in 2015, in the Sustainability Principles for SA1

And finally, the students were presented by the case study of how waste glass can be up-cycled to sustainable architectural material. They learnt how one person’s passion can be groundbreaking for new thinking in an interdisciplinary study, and presented with the research proposal was gave grounds for the amendments that occurred in June 2015, in the Sustainability Principles for SA1 at University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD). These amendments developed opportunities to use the creative, design and environmental skills of staff and learners within UWTSD for the SA1 development.  

Research proposal by Dr Oseng-Rees June 2015,. This proposal gave grounds for the amendments that occurred in June 2015, in the Sustainability Principles for SA1.

The interdisciplinary case study demonstrated that by using the five-ways-of-working from the Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015 as a design-tool, new and in innovative thinking can break through barriers which previously have been unachievable through an inflexible system of thinking.

The making of the IQ Receptions desk

They were finally shown the full video of ‘The making of the IQ Receptions desk which is situated in the very same building they are studying in. The lecture finished (with a round of applause) hopefully with students who now have a new spark of glowing passion for the environment, sustainability, arts and science, all wedded together with a long-term view of prevention of problems, integrating challenges, collaborations between disciplines and involving all stakeholders in their future commissions.