Giving a second life to wood waste

“Les Recréateurs” Workshop

Increasing the employment prospects for vulnerable populations thanks to the "Les Recréateurs” job training program focusing on upcycling wood products.

“Les Recréateurs” Workshop

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The project goals

The Re-créateurs project was developed based on two observations:

  1. Much of the furniture donated to the Emmaüs Défi job training program is damaged and sent straight to the recycling centre
  2. The Association wants to develop the employment prospects for people in job training programs.

The Workshop trains people in job training programs to design unique objects by upcycling wood furniture, to be sold in Emmaüs shops at affordable prices.

This work promotes imagination and self-esteem by creating wood furniture with a high human value. It also enables the employees to develop woodworking skills and enrol in training programs leading to certification.

Journée du Patrimoine à l’Hôtel de Ville et visite de l’exposition « Recyclage à tous les étages » et des 6 installations d'artistes parisiens en économie circulaire

The Beneficiaries

The “Emmaüs Made” Workshop trains five socially and professionally vulnerable people per year. These people join the program to develop technical skills in keeping with their professional project, acquire news skills that can be used in other areas, or transition to a new job sector.

The project benefits

The Emmaüs Made Workshop is an innovative way to provide job training by developing trainee’s skills in upholstering, painting and especially woodworking. The result is unique, aesthetic and useful objects, developed by upcycling wood as part of a sustainable circular economy process.


“When I arrived at Emmaüs Défi, I knew that I wanted to train in the furniture workshop. Recently I joined the Recréateurs wood workshop and I am learning a lot.”

Fatou beneficiary of the project

“I’ve done a little of everything in my life. Painting, masonry and even mechanics. At the Wood workshop, I am learning more and more and I create new things every day.”

Stan beneficiary of the project
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Project leader Emmaüs Défi

Emmaüs Défi is a laboratory of social innovations and a job skills training program developing solutions to combat exclusion and provide dignity. Job training activities include the collection, sorting, recycling and sale of second-hand items. The Emmaüs Défi job training program was created in 2007.