The UpHub project grew out of the successful Rags To Riches (R2R) social enterprise, which was founded in 2009. The R2R team saw the need to expand its capabilities in making items from repurposed wood, plastic and textiles. The UpHub was born, and eventually awarded a Climate Challenge Fund grant for April 2020-March 2022 which will help with this expansion by providing financial resources for many aspects of the project like staffing, refurbishment, machinery, rent, workshops, etc. The UpHub works to continue and expand the success of R2R and provide the Govanhill community with education around climate change, practical upcycling workshops, items for purchase from the online retail shop, employability opportunities and a generous carbon savings.
We have a suite of machines from Precious Plastics designs: an extruder, a compression oven and a compression mould machine.Our pride and joy is our ‘new’ granulator: a 1998 Rapid Maskin AB granulator. It grinds up whatever plastic we put in (so far HDPE and PLA) and will save hundreds of hours of labour compared to our smaller shredder.With our extruder we can make square and round beams from various kinds of plastic, up to 2 metres long and a large enough diameter to use in some light duty construction of furniture, objects, small structures, and whatever else we can think of. We are keen to develop new and exciting products with our extruder, and to include the community in our progress.
Our manual compression machine is capable of pressing heated plastic into a mould. We have one mould about the size of a mini drinks coaster, but we are experimenting with new moulds so we have more variety in our capabilities.
The compression oven is basically a small oven with a contraption beneath it that squeezes the heated plastic using a scissor-style automotive jack adapted for use with the machine. We are developing various products with this machine, mostly flat, tray shaped items, but we continue to experiment with various shapes and sizes.
What are we making?
We specialise in working with repurposed textiles, wood and plastic. You can find some of our wares in the Rags 2 Riches online shop (link) or taking a walk around Govanhill past the People’s Pantry and The Base Youth Club. Planters from upcycled wood and whisky barrels brighten up the area around the Pantry and the Youth Club benefits from a bespoke table and benches, the table made from a door found on the street in Govanhill.
Interested in some of our bespoke products, or have a special request? Get in touch with us at please email: firstname.lastname@example.org