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Children’s Scrapstore presents Bristol’s Community Reuse Festival

Weekend of September 28-29th 2019, 11am-4pm

Reuse, arts and creative play unite for a two-day programme that celebrates Bristol’s exciting and innovative reuse culture. Curated by Children’s Scrapstore, the festival line-up includes workshops, live artists, talks, and creative play; recline in the SOFA Project lounge area, restore your bike with Bristol Bike Project’s Dr Bikes, delve into the Scrapstore Clothes Swap, or explore the many and varied opportunities to play, create and connect with your own potential for reuse in your family or household.

You’ll find the Community Reuse Festival at Scrapstore House, our charity’s home in Sevier Street, St Werburghs – you could coordinate your visit as part of St Werburghs Arts Trail, drop in, or stay all day.

The festival is free to attend and welcomes children and adults, individuals and families – come along and join the momentum of Bristol’s growing reuse community!


We have a programme of talks across both days of the festival exploring a broad range of reuse projects and initiatives. These talks are free to attend but numbers are limited so you will need to book in advance. All talks are taking place in the Creative Den at Children’s Scrapstore.

Saturday 28th September

11.00am Livvy Drake - Barriers to Reuse & Behavioural Change: Livvy will be sharing behavioural insights into people's reuse and recycling habits plus some handy tips if you are trying to change or inspire new behaviours in your work or home.

1.00pm Jacob Avent - How Plastic Waste Can Be Sustainable & Precious: This presentation will introduce Precious Plastic, a global community of hundreds of people working towards a solution to plastic pollution.

2.00pm Lucy Tissington - City to Sea: Connecting Our Actions To Our Oceans: Lucy's talk will promote the work of City to Sea, an award-winning not-for-profit, campaigning to stop plastic pollution at source.

3.00pm Bristol #WasteNothing Challenge, The story so far…: A short film exploring how some of the fifty #WasteNothing households are getting with their year long challenge to get down to zero waste.

Sunday 29th September

11.00am Naseem Talukdar - Tackling Plastic Waste In The Catering Sector: As a plastic pollution campaigner, Naseem will be discussing his efforts in engaging with various different communities and faith-based organisations and will share his experiences, struggles, and success stories.

1.00pm Harry Wood - Rethinking Reuse At Children's Scrapstore: In this talk Harry will be discussing how reuse is approached at Children's Scrapstore. He will explore a series of examples highlighting how business 'waste' is rarely rubbish.

 2.00pm Sarah Hargreaves - 'Going for Gold': Tackling Food Waste In Bristol: Sarah's talk will be on food waste in Bristol, relating to the exciting work currently underway across Bristol as part of the Going for Gold project.

3.00pm Bristol #WasteNothing Challenge, The story so far…: A short film exploring how some of the fifty #WasteNothing households are getting with their year long challenge to get down to zero waste.


There are a number of reuse inspired workshops taking place across both days of the festival. These workshops are available to book on Simply Book.

Saturday 28th September

11am - 1.00pm Eco Kitchen with the ReUsery: Try your hand at making reused sock sponges! Drop in, equipment provided but bring your own socks and tights if possible. FREE - Donations taken for the ReUsery.

1.30 - 2.30pm Printed Bags: Print your own tote bag to use over and over again. Bag and materials included, and all printing equipment provided. This workshop is for ages 16 and over. £8.00

3.00 - 4.00pm Pompoms: Learn how to make an array of different shapes, sizes and designs of pompoms, perfect to jazz up clothes, accessories and anything in your home. All wool and equipment provided.This workshop is for ages 16 and over. £5.00

Sunday 29th September

11.00am 11.45am 12.30pm Beeswax Wraps: Alyson, local beekeeper from Hives and Herbals, will share honeybee facts while you design your own 100% cotton beeswax food wrap. You will then be shown how to turn it into a reusable wax wrap using beeswax from her hives. These workshop are 30 minutes and suitable for ages 16 and over. £5.00

1.30pm - 2.30pm Felted Soap: Create a beautiful and unique felt-wrapped soap that works to extend the life of the soap bar as well as being a gentle anti-microbial skin exfoliant. One organic soap bar and all felting supplies included.This workshop is for ages 16 and over. £8.00

3.00 - 4.00pm Braided Rag Rug: Learn how to reuse old clothes and fabric to create a useful and beautiful spiral effect mat. All materials will be included. This workshop is for ages 16 and over. £5.00