Mercari Experiments

How can we educate new generations about the circular economy? Original cup upcycling workshop with parents and children

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Mercari Experiments

Project overview

What is the best way to make the world a better place for future generations? How can we educate children about the earth’s limited resources and the circular economy in an entertaining and interesting way?
As part of a series of events held for our users, Mercari held a special workshop event for parents and children to create their own cups and plates using B-grade items from the famous Nagasaki Sagamiyaki-style ceramic brand Maruhiro. Participants of this workshop were able to learn about the circular economy by working with B-grade items that normally would go to waste, and using upcycling techniques to create items with new value.


Experiment and results

According to the survey run for this event:
100% of participants showed support for the circular economy model that Mercari is aiming for.

Some comments from the participants:

    • I hadn’t had the opportunity to think about a proper way to deal with unused items or how to find a way to give them new value. In this workshop, I had the chance to think with my 5-year-old daughter about how our choices make a difference.

    • In the workshop my daughter and I reflected on how we use things together.

    • I agree with Mercari’s philosophy and I was able to think about the importance of circulating items to avoid waste.

    • During the workshop I had time to think about the value of things with my child.

    • I’m glad we were able to use B-grade items for this workshop and have fun in the process. It made me realize all the items that are sadly going to waste everyday.

    • It was an important learning experience for my kids. I’m glad I participated.


Future outlook

We will continue our work in education about the circular economy for future generations through workshops and educational programs for kids and parents, with the aim of working together to realize a circular economy in which waste is reduced, items are only produced in necessary quantities, and things are being passed on to people who need them.