Remade Meeting 6

Remade in Brixton

Notes 4 March 2009 (7pm)

Trinity Arms, 45 Trinity Gardens, London, SW9 8DR

Present: Sophie Broadbent, Olivia Christopherson, Mitchell Jacobs, Hannah Lewis, Sue Sheehan

1. Scoping document / EDAP chapter

Hannah presented a rough draft of the Remade in Brixton scoping document – available as a Google Doc here. The initial intention was that the same document would serve as the Waste chapter of TTB’s EDAP [Energy Descent Action Plan]. However, guidelines on EDAP writing from the Transition Handbook state that the sections describing “The Present” and “The Vision” should be only a paragraph or two in length, with most of the chapter [each chapter being 2-11 pages in the Kinsale EDAP] focused on “Practical Steps” in chronological order moving towards the Vision.

The current draft contains much more detail about the Present [including Lambeth recycling provision, waste policy and strategy; plus local community sector and SME reuse / recycling / composting]. This information is important to know, independently of the EDAP. It was therefore decided that the scoping document will be separate from the EDAP chapter and give a more detailed view of the current situation and opportunities.

2. Visioning

To start the visioning process, Hannah presented her ‘first visions’ written at the TTB Forum on 23 February [where the convenors of all TTB groups came up with visions of Brixton in 2030]. The Remade in Brixton visions were:

  • In 2030 there will be no such thing as waste: every discarded resource will become “food” for something else.
  • More things will be made to last, be reused many times, be repaired when broken, and be designed for easy disassembly into different parts and materials that can be reused or recycled.
  • Wherever appropriate, resources will be reused / recycled / composted locally rather than remotely.
  • “No more throwaway people” (Edgar Kahn): everyone’s energy, skills and talents are valued and used to the full.

These are just a starting point for the group’s visions and community input such as questionnaires and Open Space events. We began this process with a group brainstorm – lots of post-its with our visions for a zero-waste Brixton. Some of the visions can be implemented a lot sooner than 2030 so are more like steps along the way. The brainstorm centred on waste but branched out into other areas which are all listed below [with some similar points stuck together]:


  • All nappies are washable
  • All waste processed as locally as possible [none sent abroad for recycling – support local facilities] / Recycling in our area – not transported miles / As much waste as possible reused or recycled within Brixton/local area
  • Swap shop / fairs / give and take events / sharing
  • Street / neighbourhood “swap days” [monthly?]
  • Thriving network of second hand shops / websites [e.g. Freecycle, Gumtree] to ensure things circulate rather than thrown away
  • Deposit scheme introduced for bottles etc and at all events [e.g. on drinks cups] to encourage people to reuse / recycle
  • Industrial Symbiosis clusters – new “green collar” economy
  • Cradle to cradle systems – all “technological nutrients” separated and reused, or biodegradable
  • “Re-Lab” – designers and technologists experiment and create with collected waste materials
  • A fantastic centre – world-renowned – for remade [hand-made] crafts, from recycled materials – practical stuff – not just “fashionable” stuff, that supports local employment
  • All food waste composted
  • All public bins organised for recycling waste
  • People reuse equipment like mobile phones – no new ones needed!
  • All schools, council and community organisations are recycling
  • All businesses recycling bottles
  • Suppliers and businesses are armed with how to recycle – for their clients [e.g. builders putting old paving slabs on Freecycle]
  • Zero packaging
  • Shops, businesses and services committed to minimising packaging – and systems in place to ensure they’re rewarded for this [or penalised if not]
  • Plastic bags banned in all shops – or very expensive – retailers don’t give them out automatically
  • Anything can be fixed!
  • Culture of reusing / fixing things prevails and is facilitated by well publicised services – know where to go, no hassle
  • All of this SAVES PEOPLE MONEY and is easy


  • All power is solar or wind
  • Biofuel from roofs – photosynthesis by algae on your roof


  • Local travel and delivery service – rickshaw / bike
  • We all car-share
  • Everyone walks to school


  • The whole of Brixton grows its own food and all kids enjoy it so much they’re not in trouble!
  • The market is flourishing – everyone shops locally
  • Cookouts / group dinner / community dining, talk and eat


  • Less loo flushes and 5 min showers
  • Home water – no bottled water in Brixton
  • Get all of Brixton on water meters
  • All water is rain water [for toilets etc]
  • Waterless urinals
  • Water butts

Community / General:

  • Brixton is an amazing green place and everyone in Britain wants to live here!
  • Creative GREEN imagination
  • Unemployment skill banks
  • Community parenting and support
  • Wider inform – “nu-community circle”
  • Give the young people things to learn and do – that help everyone
  • “Green challenge” for youth
  • Everyone goes into each other’s houses and puts the kettle on – shared ownership
  • All products are natural – soap, disinfectants etc

It was felt that PEOPLE resources [as well as material ones] are key to all TTB’s work, Remade included. It’s especially important that young people have things to do and feel valued for their time, energy, ideas, and even questions – ”Why… Why not… How can…?”

Possible steps towards these visions include:

  • Nurturing exemplar businesses
  • Show how people money by reuse / recycling, + legislate for green behaviour [carrot + stick]
  • Ecoliteracy for schoolkids
  • “Freeking Roadshow” [freecycling events] – information dissemination
  • Presence at existing events:

– Lambeth Country Show [18-19 July] – Brixton Splash [August] – Urban Green Fair [20 September]

For the next TTB Forum we need to identify specific “must / could / should” goals for the group to achieve in 2009.

3. Map / directory + sticker campaign

We are waiting to hear back from TTB about funding for this project.

4. Questionnaire

Olivia and Louise have put together a draft recycling questionnaire for businesses. This will need to be adapted to fit with Stephen’s Industrial Symbiosis programme and / or Katharina and Mitchell’s waste cooking oil project.

5. Aardvark tour

Sophie B has been in contact with Aardvark [local recycling company] to arrange a tour for the group – date tbc.

6. Next meeting

Tuesday 7 April, 7pm, Trinity Arms, 45 Trinity Gardens, London, SW9 8DR

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