Next Hounslow Repair Cafe to take place on 6 July

The next Hounslow Repair Cafe will be held on Wednesday, 6 July, at the Arts Centre in Hounslow, from 6pm to 9pm.

Sponsored by TRAID and West London Waste Authority, it is a free community event where participants will learn how to mend damaged clothes with TRAID and electrical items with the Restart Project. West London Waste Authority will also be hosting an interactive laptop repair demonstration with the Fixing Factory.

For the mending workshop, participants are asked to bring along one or two items of clothing that are in need of repair and they will be taught how to mend them.

All workshops are suitable for people with no previous skills and the organisers provide all materials needed.

The Arts Centre is located on the first floor, Treaty Centre, High St, Hounslow TW3 1ES.

More information available at https://facebook.com/events/s/hounslow-repair-cafe/1107346733188478/

Design Museum exhibition focuses on how designers are transforming waste into valuable resources

Last chance to see: Special Offer

THE DESIGN MUSEUM – WASTE AGE: WHAT CAN DESIGN DO?

UNTIL 20 FEBRUARY 2022

The Design Museum presents waste as the defining material of our age with Waste Age: What Can Design Do? 

Discover how designers are envisioning a cleaner tomorrow by transforming waste into valuable resources and adopting reclaimed, renewable materials to reimagine everyday objects and their lifecycles – from clothing, chairs and bricks to buildings, algae dresses to edible cups. Visitors are invited to reflect on how design can be crucial to creating the positive changes we urgently need to fight the issue of waste. 

Book now with a 25% discount with the code WasteAgeMemberOffer for Waste Age on adult tickets.

(Offer excludes Saturdays and last week – w/c 14 February.)

The Design Museum is located at 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG. https://designmuseum.org/

Opening times:

10.00 – 18.00 (Sunday – Thursday)
10.00 – 21.00 (Friday – Saturday)

Ealing reduce, reuse, recycle cafe: Clothes repair and making event this Monday

Ealing Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Support Group is holding its first event this coming Monday, 4 February, a clothes repair and making evening at the Northfields Community Centre in Ealing (details at end of post).

Share a cuppa with organisers Lucy and Mary, and bring any projects and clothes or fabric for inspiration and advice.

Please also bring along some small change (suggested donation of up to £2.50) to cover hire of room and tea and coffee.

Details
Date: Monday, 4 February 2019
Time: 7.30pm to 10pm
Northfields Community Centre, 71a Northcroft Road, Ealing, London W13 9SS
Travel:
Underground: Northfields (Piccadilly line)
Rail: West Ealing
Bus: E3

Sustainable Threads: Festival for Sustainable Fashion

Sustainable Threads’ Festival of Sustainable Fashion will be held on Saturday, 24 November, from 11am to 4pm at Hackney House in east London.

The event, funded by the North London Waste Authority, is a celebration of fashion, creativity and recyclability. On offer will be a repair cafe and The Big Swish Clothes Swap hosted by Betsy’s Closet Swap Shop. There will also be a Sustainable Threads panel discussion on the ground floor, plus entertainment, refreshments and eco stalls promoting how we can make a difference to our environment. Continue reading

Morrisons customers can now bring their own containers when buying meat or fish

Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced it will allow customers to use their own containers for meat and fish from the Morrisons’ Market Street Butcher and Fishmonger counters as from this month.

The new policy is part of a number of measures the Bradford-based supermarket is taking to reduce plastic pollution, in addition to committing to make all its own-brand plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by no later than 2025.

For further information, click here.

Craft swish on Saturday, 24 February, in Chiswick

Chiswick’s Knitting & Crochet Guild is holding a craft swish on Saturday, 24 February, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at St Alban’s Church, Acton Green Common, London W4 5LG .

Bring all your unwanted craft materials and swish (swap) them for something else. Crafts covered including knitting, crochet, papercraft, painting and drawing materials, jewellery making and children’s crafts.

Entry is just £5, which includes a mince pie and cup of tea or coffee.

For more information and to book tickets in advance, click here.

The nearest Tube stops are Chiswick Park, Gunnersbury and Turnham Green.

Featured organisation:  Work and Play Scrapstore

Work and Play Scrapstore is a voluntary organisation in Tooting, south London, that collects clean, reusable surplus materials from local industries and private individuals and make them available to members, which include community/voluntary groups, youth clubs, primary and secondary schools, fee-paying activity schemes, adult courses providers and students. Continue reading

BRAG’s first Restart Party kicks off at Friends of Cathja

BRAG held its first Restart Party on 25 November. The Friends of Cathja charity shop provided a room for us to use for repairing electric and electronic items. Rishi from the shop, and Jo from the Restart Project were our fixers.  West London Waste lent us some basic equipment, Jo brought his own repair kit and there were some tools available in the shop. Continue reading

UK government launches public consultation on bottle deposit scheme

Environment Minister Michael Gove has just launched a public consultation about introducing a bottle deposit scheme in England. The news follows the delivery of a bottle deposit petition, an initiative of Surfers Against Sewage, to 10 Downing Street. The petition attracted 250,000 signatures, calling on the minister to help protect our oceans and beaches from plastic pollution. Continue reading