Zero waste festival for Oxford Green Week 2019

Published: Tuesday, 11th June 2019

Oxford will see a new festival, exploring how residents can go beyond recycling and explore zero-waste for Oxford Green Week.

The free ‘Oxfordshire Reuses’ event, which is taking place on Sunday 16 June from 12-3pm, will allow residents to give their clothes and household goods a new lease of life, whilst saving money and helping the planet.

The zero waste festival will feature:

  • Repair café - bring one item (that you can carry) such as an electrical, clothing, or small furniture item and Oxfordshire’s skilled volunteers will try to fix it. You will be encouraged to observe and assist the repair so you can learn new skills!
  • Clothes ‘swish’bring unwanted good quality clothing and accessories to swap for things you do want
  • Swap shopbring any unwanted item in good condition that you can carry and take as many new ones. All surplus items from the swap shop will go to Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
  • Kids’ upcycling areaOrinoco scrapstore and Oxford Poetry Library will host fun workshops for kids – ‘If bins could talk’ and ‘Recycle a Poem’. Materials will be provided, but do bring along any ‘old’ stuff that can be turned into bin signs and decorations.
  • Stallsbrowse a variety of stalls hosted by local charitable, non profit and grassroots organisations selling upcycled items or giving out zero waste advice and demos.
  • Food surplus cafécakes and snacks supplied by Rose Hill Junior Youth Club, featuring food that would have otherwise gone to waste which has been rescued by FareShare

The event will feature talks by Cat Fletcher, Reuse Manager at Brighton and Hove City Council, award-winning and waste-prevention activist, researcher and practitioner who founded the online free reuse network Freegle.

Councillor Tom Hayes Cabinet Member for Zero Carbon Oxford, alongside Cat Fletcher, will be opening the event.

The event is organised by Oxford Direct Services, in partnership with Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council as part of Oxford Green Week.

Oxford Green Week is a festival which uses culture, creativity and community to inspire local people to take action against climate change.  The week-long festival will be taking place from Saturday 8 June, until Sunday 16 June across Oxford and Oxfordshire.

This year’s theme is One Planet Living. One Planet Living – created by Bioregional and developed together with WWF – is a vision of a world where people enjoy happy, healthy lives within the natural limits of the planet, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness. The One Planet Living framework aims to raise awareness of how individuals, community groups, local businesses, international corporations and governments can bring their footprint down to within the limits of what our one planet can sustain, without sacrificing our happiness or wellbeing.

Councillor Tom Hayes, Cabinet Member for Zero Carbon Oxford, said: “We’re facing a climate emergency and the world’s top scientists warn that we all have to act now to save the planet. Oxford has its eyes on the prize of being England's first circular city – one which reduces the amount of waste produced, but reuses rather than dumping all waste generated. To that end, Oxford City Council will be hosting this exciting, one-of-a-kind, zero waste festival. For the city this is just the start of an exciting journey, and the council’s message is: over to you. We want to see everyone attending the festival giving a new lease of life to clothes and household goods.”

Simon Howick, Managing Director, Oxford Direct Services said: “We are passionate about doing all we can to help residents reduce their waste, reuse and recycle as much as possible and look forward to working with so many great local organisations to bring this exciting event to Oxford!”