Changing the throwaway society – Sweden’s ruling Social Democrat and Green party coalition proposes to cut VAT from 25% to 12% for repairs to items like bicycles, shoes and clothes, at an expected annual cost of £25M.
Over three days in June 2016 I set out on quite an adventure – exploring on foot fifteen of the charity shops on the CirculART Trail in near-central Cambridge. Here, displayed in both shop windows and retail interiors for one … Continued
I’m a textiles artist and have always used reclaimed fabrics in my work. Things took off in 2012 when I started making pieced denim bags for selling at craft fairs. This has been a real eye opener for me. It … Continued
I have just spent the last two evenings at highly contrasting, but deeply connected lectures, by two great thinkers of our time. On Tuesday evening I attended a small, local gathering at the Friends Meeting House in Cambridge to listen … Continued
UK consumption of raw materials is falling. The UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) reported yesterday that raw materials we consume fell from 15.1 tonnes per person per year in 2001 to 10.3 tonnes in 2013. Over this period much … Continued
Repair Cafés are a way of bringing together people who have something that’s broken, with people who know how to fix it. Typically a room full of engineers and repairers will spend the afternoon fixing anything from phones and tablets … Continued