Circular Cambridge

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Circular Cambridge is a season of events that celebrates progressive ways to design, manufacture, access and reuse the things that we want and need in our lives. 

About the project
Circular Cambridge will share and demonstrate exciting new thinking around the circular economy – an approach that rethinks how we design, manufacture, use and consume the things we want and need in our lives. It will be a six month festival showcasing all the positive things already happening in Cambridge in recycling, reuse, sharing, repair and eco-design & manufacture. But we hope also to inspire new actions and initiatives and are inviting organisations to organise or take part in practical one off or ongoing events, activities and challenges. How people choose to take part will vary, but examples might include running swaps, upcycling and crafting workshops, challenges, DIY skillshares, talks, film screenings, reflective events, or starting a sharing scheme.

CCF will co-ordinate the Circular Cambridge festival: initiating and co-ordinating lots of publicity and promotion via print and social media, we’ll host a dedicated website and Facebook page, organise a showcase finale event in the summer, and provide support and advice to participating groups and organisations.

Launch and information evening
To kick things off we are holding an invitation only Circular Cambridge launch and information evening. We are delighted to be welcoming along to the evening Craig Bennett the new CEO of Friends of the Earth as our keynote speaker and Gerrard Fisher, Special Adviser at WRAP and an expert on the circular economy. On the evening we’ll also have a ‘human library’ of local circular experts to chat to, plenty of time for sharing and networking, and some delicious nibbles from FoodCycle too.

Why now?
We have been inspired to co-ordinate this festival by the terrific interest in events that we run like Repair Cafes and swishes, by the Sharing Cities that are springing up around the world and by the innovations in design and manufacture that are enabling greater repair, reuse and energy efficiency.  The topic is incredibly relevant, the preamble to the deal at December’s Paris Climate talks recognises, for the first time:

that sustainable lifestyles and sustainable patterns of consumption and production, with developed country Parties taking the lead, play an important role in addressing climate change”.

To find out more about the project and launch evening, please visit the Circular Cambridge website.