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Canons Summer Fair - Reducing Waste Creatively!

Updated: Nov 16, 2023

On 18 June 2022, a summer fair with a sustainability focus was held at the recently refurbished Grade II listed heritage building, Canons House and grounds.

The Wheel and its friends, Bee Creative Arts and Little ARK organised activities for guests from the ages of 5-60+. The activities were focused on the creative use of what would normally be discarded as waste. Around 70 children and 50 adults took part. Attendees made several items from scrap material- herb pouches, floaters and wreaths from scrap fabric, dream catchers from old CDs and redecorated used glass jars using left-over paint from paint cans. There was also a demo on how to upcycle an old wooden trolley by local artist Ieva of Bee Creative Arts. The video can be found here.

The activities got everyone thinking and talking about waste in a different light. Several children got inspired to continue making other items creatively from scrap fabric and ended up taking some home. In total around 6kg of pre-loved textiles were re-used! Several old CDs and glass jars got reused too amounting to a further 9 kg of avoided waste.

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