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7th - 27th June 2018

The CirculART Trail aims to celebrate art and creativity, repurposing and recycling, and highlight the significant role that our charity shops play in reducing waste.

CirculART showcases the work of local artists who use repurposed materials in their art, displaying their work in the windows of Cambridge’s finest charity shops. For 3 weeks from the 7th June 2018, the public will be able to pick up a CirculART Trail map from participating shops and other select locations around Cambridge. Using the printed trail map or its online version members of the public can follow the CirculART trail, visiting charity shops around Cambridge and enjoying beautiful artworks, all made by recycling, re-purposing and reclaiming.

Rethinking waste

Our waste is a serious issue. At the moment our consumption follows a linear model in which we take, make and throw away.

A single person in the EU consumes 15 tonnes of resources each year, 5 tonnes of which are simply thrown 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.

Instead of the throw away and replace culture we've become used to, could we rethink progress and adopt a return and renew culture?

In a circular economy goods are designed and manufactured so that we can easily recover their parts and materials at the end of their life, allowing us to use those materials over and over. And before their end of life goods are used and reused as much as possible.

Patagonia - a case study

Patagonia are an outdoor clothing company trying to follow a circular model by sourcing long lasting fabrics and ensuring their garments are really well made. Down the line, their customers can choose to sell their unwanted and worn items back to Patagonia for their second-hand marketplace org get them repaired by the company's team of repairers. Their advertising even encourages people not to buy too many of their products. If one will do - then one is all you need.


Live it, love it, share it

In a circular economy the goods that we buy and use today become the resources of tomorrow. With the amount of waste we currently produce that means we have a whole lot of resources ready!

Old inner tubes turned into bags and wallets, cutlery turned into jewellery, vintage bed sheets turned into clothes, there are lots of opportunities for recycling, upcycling and repurposing.

Why not give it a go? Get resourceful and get creative! Share your best examples of creative reuse with #whywasteit. We'll feature a selection of the most innovative and ingenious at the 2018 Circular Festival.

Get something fixed at a repair cafe

Repair Cafes match experienced volunteer repairers with people who need things fixing. They’re fun, free and happening all around Cambridgeshire.Lots of repairs everywhere

Support the local circular economy

Find and frequent dozens of local car boot sales, auction houses, repairers, charity shops and reuse outlets on the Circular Directory.


Become a CirculARTist with Cambridge Scrapstore

Visit the Cambridge Community Scrapstore for an amazing array of second hand arts and crafts supplies and get creating.


Upcoming waste reduction events


Arbury Carnival

June 8, 2019
11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Linton Repair Café

June 8, 2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Toy Repair Café

June 15, 2019
11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Cottenham Repair Café

June 22, 2019
12:00 am - 11:59 pm


Chesterton Festival

June 22, 2019
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Waterbeach Repair Café

July 13, 2019
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Dates for the diary

Cambridge Repair Cafe
1pm - 4pm, Sat 22nd Sept
St Andrew’s Hall, St Andrew’s Rd, Cambridge, CB4 1DH
Find out more about how to repair and get something fixed for free at the Cambridge Repair Cafe.

Open Eco Homes 2018
Sun 30th Sept and Sat 6th Oct
Various locations around Cambridge
A unique opportunity to visit local, comfortable, low energy home eco-homes.

The Circular Festival
All day, Sat 17th Nov
St Barnabas Church, Mill Rd, Cambridge,CB12BD
A huge festival of sustainable fashion.

About us

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

Cambridge Carbon Footprint hosts Circular Cambridge and is a leading local environmental charity that raises awareness of climate change and helps people to live more sustainably. To find out more, visit our website or phone our office on 01223 301842.



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