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

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The Circular Cambridge Festival seeks to keep the conversation going about climate change by reconsidering our throwaway culture and changing our relationship with stuff. 40% of global climate emissions arise from the items we consume. How can we change this?

Come along on Saturday November 12th to find out. Hear from one of the UK’s leading environmentalists, enjoy a climate themed piano suite, get your broken gadget fixed at a Repair Cafe, enjoy a free film festival (organised by Pivotal), try a tandem or electric bike, enjoy a story from the Cambridge Bard, swap some clothes at a swish, meditate, contribute to an art piece and get circular updates from our city’s big institutions like Addenbrokes and the University. In addition there will be info and gift stalls, a speakers corner, bike-powered short films and a chance to see again the powerful Whole Earth display that was on Parker’s Piece last year. Free event. Find out more

Why Circular? Why now?


At the moment our consumption follows a linear model in which we buy → use → throw away. A single person in the EU consumes 15 tonnes of resources each year, 5 tonnes of which are simply thrown away. What happens to our stuff when we throw it away? Landfill and pollution problems resulting from the disposal of our things are making it increasingly clear that there is no 'away'. And it's not just a resource problem. A whopping 40% of our personal carbon emissions comes from the things we buy. 

Could a circular economy be both a necessity and an opportunity? 

This short film 'The Story of a Spoon' by Greenpeace outlines the problem.

Are you ready for Circular Cambridge?

Circular Cambridge is inviting a large number of organisations and individuals to showcase their innovations or come up with their own events that minimise waste, promote sharing, swapping and reuse.

There's lots to do. You could run a clothes swap, create a local tool library, hold an upcycling workshop, take the circular challenge, or do a waste audit. We're looking for locals keen to run activities in their community groups, faith settings, schools, neighbourhoods and workplaces. We'll provide inspiration, support, publicity and a variety of resources to help get you started. Sound interesting?