We invited Steffan to answer some questions after the Do It For Real event at Campus London. Join us in discovering what inspires Steffan to do what he does, what are his challenges and what advice he would give to a young person that would like to start something social.
At 20 years old Steffan Lemke-Elms has set up Festival Reboot a company that recycles wellington boots left at UK Festivals. With every welly product sold, 50p is used to help send the lower clog section of the welly to developing countries where they will be used as general footwear for those in need.
1. What is unique and different about what you do?
I recycle thousands of wellington boots abandoned at Glastonbury Festival. I make a variety of products from the broken and un-paired wellies, then the good pairs we send to people living and working on landfills in Romania
2. Why is social entrepreneurship your chosen approach to contributing to the world?
I have always been a an eco minded individual, when I found the 4000 boots heading to landfill, I knew it was my calling to put my words into action and do something about it.
3. What are the main challenges you face or have faced in your work?
- Finding the motivation to carry on
- Getting approval from those above me in the industry ( i.e. Glastonbury managers)
4. What is your biggest dream or vision, your Mount Everest?
I will have an empire of creative recycling one day, ready to tackle 80% of the waste left at UK festivals.
5. What advice you would give to a young person that would like to start something social?
If you believe in it, just do it!
6. What were your key takeaways/learnings from the Dream, Act, Inspire event?
The confidence to start a conversation with anyone.
See more pictures from Dream, Act, Inspire here.