Vancouver

Street Pianos are Hitting All the Right Notes

Street Pianos are Hitting All the Right Notes

Since 2013, Keys To The Streets public pianos have delighted residents with impromptu musical jams in Vancouver. 

Bringing City Hall to the Streets

Bringing City Hall to the Streets

We were asked by the Pop Up City Hall to build a bean bag toss set and charging stations.

A Wedding in the Woods

A Wedding in the Woods

What does it look like when put people together for a celebration of life, love and happiness in the woods?

A Mosaic of South Vancouver: Artwork in the Neighbourhood House

A Mosaic of South Vancouver: Artwork in the Neighbourhood House

Uproot ran two workshops with at-risk youth at the South Vancouver Neighbourhood house to create art out of wood waste.

The Bicycle Valet: the Best Way to Park Your Bike this Summer

The Bicycle Valet: the Best Way to Park Your Bike this Summer

How BEST and the Bicycle Valet are making people-powered transportation safer and more accessible in the Lower Mainland.

Why Repairing Matters

Why Repairing Matters

Instead of throwing away broken items, Repair Matters strives to have people fix them and reduce consumptive behaviour.

Pointing Youth in the Right Direction

Pointing Youth in the Right Direction

Uproot collaborated with Directions Youth Services to create a plaque to engage at-risk youth in their Kitchen Battle Championship.

Buying into Vancouver's Circular Economy

Buying into Vancouver's Circular Economy

When we can't acquire materials ourselves, we support companies like Capital Salvage: a great resource for recycled materials.

Community Interventions in Vancouver: 100 in 1 Day

Community Interventions in Vancouver: 100 in 1 Day

We were lucky enough to contribute to 100 in 1 Day by volunteering and donating our recreational sharing library to the community.

We Are All Directly Affected

At Uproot, we are proud of the steps we’ve taken towards a more sustainable future for all: we live, work and play in Vancouver and we love this city. That is precisely why we refuse to ignore the aspects of it that we find unseemly or, more importantly, unhealthy. In particular we are concerned with the accumulation of unnecessary waste in the city’s landfills. We founded Uproot in January 2015 and have since diverted over thirteen tonnes of wood-waste from the landfill. To a lesser extent we have also reclaimed fasteners, cardboard, wire and fabric. We are devoted to upcycling materials that have been unnecessarily and detrimentally designated as ‘waste.’ Our goal is to demonstrate that it is possible to harness our collective creativity and ingenuity to solve the social and environmental problems that our society currently faces.

While we are thrilled to be making our own contributions towards the fostering of a sustainable future, what’s even more exciting is when we meet people who inspire us through their work. We are not alone in our intention to change society’s collective behavior to achieve our commitment to happy people and a healthy environment. Our most recent inspiration has been the group filming a new documentary called Directly Affected. The film will follow three individuals across Canada as they discover powerful stories of innovation, activism and resilience in a country where people are standing up for a clean energy future. Directly Affected tells stories of people impacted by Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion and communities of citizens standing up to protect their environment, economy and democracy. The film’s goal is to amplify these people’s voices: voices that may not be heard otherwise.

Now they need you to help them tell the story of what those communities are standing up for—a liveable future—and what they are up against. We at Uproot are interested in growing a community that will be resilient in the face of today's challenges. One way to build this community is to support those that dare to put themselves on the line for their cause. We were so moved by the filmmakers Mary Lovell, Zack Embree and Devon Brugge, and their commitment to our country’s future, we had to support their cause. If this resonates with you, please like, share, and contribute to their Indiegogo campaign to help them tell a story that matters and defend our future. Also check out their story on the National Observer.

Versatile Kit that Becomes What You Need

Versatile Kit that Becomes What You Need

Our multi-use kit we have for events includes a table, chairs, display and a black board.

Gaining Karma Through Collaboration

Gaining Karma Through Collaboration

Karma Athletics was kind enough to support us by providing unused fabric to help bring our floating salmon installation to life.

Our Toast to the Coast

Our Toast to the Coast

Unveiling our installation for Greenpeace's Toast the Coast, symbolic for the need to protect our coastlines. 

How We Created a Floating Salmon Installation

How We Created a Floating Salmon Installation

The process of creating a 12 foot interactive floating installation using a variety of reclaimed materials.

A New Exciting Project: Floating Art Installation

A New Exciting Project: Floating Art Installation

The announcement of our exciting collaboration with Dot Dot Dash and Greenpeace to bring Toast the Coast to life.

My Community Garden: Ladybug

What does it mean to have social vibrancy? One 'living' example is the Ladybug Community Garden on Commercial Drive and 8th Ave. At Ladybug, you will find an assortment of organic veggies, beautiful trees and flowers, and a thriving mason bee hive. In collaboration with CanYouDigIt, Ladybug garden started in 2009 to provide a space for residents to connect, grow and share. Since then, it has become a place of social vibrancy in the community, a place for people to sit and enjoy the natural beauty and for residents to get their hands dirty and grow delicious local food.

Ladybug remains a steadfast example of what is possible for the cities underutilized areas, as an urban intervention it is inspirational to us at Uproot. When we got a call from the garden manager for help installing some new raised beds, we jumped at the opportunity to volunteer our time. At Uproot, we strive to provide innovative, sustainable solutions to urban problems using recycled materials. The three new raised beds at Ladybug will stand as an example of what is possible using reclaimed materials to support local initiatives.

Hubbub at City Hall

We built planters for a prize for students at Hubbub 2015.