Waste or raw materials? The OFFCUT materials market offers a wide range of remnants and offcuts otherwise destined for disposal. In this way, this pioneering project extends the life of unused and used goods, turning remnants into raw materials and feeding them into a sustainable cycle. The idea behind it is not just ecological in nature: materials with a previous life are inspirational and drive creativity. In addition to the sale of remnants, OFFCUT transmits know-how and techniques on upcycling. Thanks to the support of Engagement Migros, the first OFFCUT was founded in Basel, then additional OFFCUT locations were opened in the German-speaking part of Switzerland in a first phase and OFFCUT was established as a nationwide network.
The next stage focuses on assessing and further developing the structures and processes built. The aim of the collaboration, cultivated across locations, and the resulting knowledge attained together is to support the construction and continuation of the local material markets. In this way, OFFCUT will create – supported by Engagement Migros – a functioning model of a self-learning, self-organising network.