Have you given any thought to the way you consume items? are you having a clean out, or are you in the market to get some new things for a flat? Often the first things people will do are visit the shops. Although great for the economy, you could save money and benefit the environment, by engaging with the 'circular economy'.
What is the Circular Economy?
Often we put things aside because we think it will be costly to repair, or we just don't know how to ourselves.. there are loads of courses and resources around you aimed at giving you the right tools to repair things yourself, or putting you intouch with specialists that can do it for you without it costing the earth.
Lets Get Moving
Below are some of the initiatives that are already up and running, with plenty more set to come online in the future. Take a look around, and be sure to check back regularly to keep upto date with whats going on.
Do you have any electrical items that are broken? Or not working as well as it used to? Always wondered, if it can just be fixed? Use the Repair Directory here to find the nearest business to repair your broken electrical device.
Here at the Fixing Factory, we’re fixing our relationship with disposable tech. You can give your things a new lease of life. From tablets to toasters, a talented and creative group of fixers will help you repair your stuff and teach you new skills
Developed in 2007 by the Women’s Environmental Network, Real Nappies for London works in collaboration with Local Authorities and reusable nappy providers to reduce disposable nappy waste in London
Swishing is the easy way to update your wardrobe! It’s guilt free shopping with no cost to your wallet and great for the environment. Swishing works like a giant clothes swap: you bring items you no longer wear and exchange them for something new-to-you!
MarketW3 is funded by the local charity Action West London’s (AWL) community scheme, alongside the weekday Acton Market. The Reduce and Recycle Hub runs on the first Saturday of the month which is a lottery funded project. The hub aims is to encourage residents to think about what they consume, use items for as longer, reduce how much they waste, reuse items more and when they no longer need them, recycle them properly
The Mindful Shopper has been created by ReLondon. Our goal is to help everyone discover easy ways to tackle the sheer volume of waste in our lives. We do this by making it easier and more desirable to make sustainable choices, sharing waste-busting products and services and explaining how they contribute to a sustainable lifestyle.
The Wheel is building Merton’s capacity to reduce waste, reuse and recycle what we can locally. This online hub aims to link existing circular initiatives and enterprises with residents & businesses, raise awareness, support volunteering networks, skill-share opportunities and improve connectivity.
The map is intended to support residents and visitors to South-West London to navigate their consumer needs whilst supporting our local circular economy.
With our current throwaway culture, when something breaks people are much more inclined to throw it away and buy new. However, by repairing our broken items we can save money and help the environment. See what repair businesses are available in East London.
This digital platform empowers London’s circular businesses to join the dots with like-minded businesses, investors and local authorities to create a community for sustainable value and growth.
Who are they and what are they doing
Petit Miracles restores and sells upcycled furniture to boost the employability of vulnerable adults, support creative businesses, and protect our planet. We divert repairable furniture that is brought to the recycling centre to them so it can be used to train the volunteers and vulnerable adults to gain skills and improve their social networks
Let’s Go Southall aims to help people in Southall become more physically active. We divert reusable bicycles collected from our recycling centres to support their cycling project where LGS refurbishes and giveaway bicycles, and run free cycle training and group ride
Action West London is a charity that helps disadvantaged young people and adults improve their lives through education, employment & enterprise