Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Mid-July greetings from Cambridge Carbon Footprint!

Our Summer Swishing is taking place this Saturday afternoon, so if you're looking for new summery clothes or wish to find a new home to something that doesn't quite fit or is just left in the wardrobe most of the time, come along. Swishing isn't just for women, men's and children's clothing is also very welcome. So come along too, guys, for some great finds!

In August things calm down a bit, and we will be sending out only one newsletter. This will be a special edition introducing some of our plans for autumn, so watch this space!

1. Summer Swishing 20 JulySaturday 20 July, 2 - 3.30pm, St. Andrew’s Hall (St. Andrew’s Road, Chesterton) CB4 1DH

CCF is hosting its second Swishing of the year at St. Andrew’s Hall.

If you caught some of our Second Hand Fashion activities earlier this year, swishing needs no explaination! But for those who are unfamiliar with the term, Swishing is clothes swapping with style. Participants bring a few items of good quality, clean clothing, and get to take home a few items of their choosing from others (it doesn’t have to be a direct exchange).

One person’s item that just doesn’t fit anymore or turned out to not be the right colour after all is someone else’s favourite new item in waiting; swishing just makes the exchange happen! One almost always comes away from a swishing with some fabulous new clothes that are even cheaper than they would be in a charity shop, sometimes barely worn, while relieving yourself of the guilt of those old items you never wear! It’s the perfect way to rejuvinate your wardrobe and give existing clothes new life.

Read about two first-time Swishing experiences from CCF’s previous swishings in this article in Style Magazine, and this blog post from Retrovert!

Please book a place by emailing Despite the trend of mostly women taking part in swishings, we do welcome men’s, kids and baby clothes too!

2. Volunteer for our July Swishing!If you enjoy Swishing, or if you're curious how they work, please come and help us run one for CCF on the 20th of July. We're looking for helpers for a number of things, like sorting out clothes, arranging them on racks and tables, serving tea and coffee, as well as setting up the change rooms and packing them up with us.

It's always a really fun day, lots of happy people finding new clothes and swapping their own for free. Everyone's welcome. Please contact Jocelyn at the office at or 01223 301842. Remember, even if you're not keen on helping out, feel free to come along and swap some clothes on the day, the more, the merrier!

3. Food blog volunteers
Are you interested in sustainable food? We are in the process of expanding our sustainable food blog to include a large variety of different food-related issues and are looking for volunteers to contribute to the blog on a regular basis.

We’re looking for someone who…
Is interested in low-carbon living, particularly food
Enjoys writing and can commit to writing regular pieces for the blog (such as once a week/fortnight/month)
Perhaps has a blog about low-impact living and would be interested to do a regular or one-off guest blog post

For more information go to the volunteers page or email

4. Food waste: a request
We need some good quotes for materials we are writing on food waste for our Eco-coaching project. Please could you email us with the following:
description of any ways you have tried to cut down on food waste (it's OK even if not all these attempts succeeded - what we want are the experiences!)
any useful tips you have for cutting food waste

Please send replies to


5. Guinea pig needed!
From mid-August onwards we will be trialling our first Eco-coaching module (on food waste) and we are looking for someone willing to be guinea pigs for this. Ideally we would like someone who does not already have extensive knowledge of the carbon cost of food waste and how to reduce their personal food waste. There will be one or two questions to answer (by email) before the session and the session itself should take no more than an hour. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact the

Please pass this on to others - there will be more modules ready for trialling soon, on holidays and travel and consumption, as well as another module on food, so we will be needing more guinea pigs! Thanks!

6. Gardening in mid-late July – time for soft fruits and summer puddings!
It’s a real ‘Berryfest’ down on the allotment at the moment! The ideal time to make summer pudding. I think the last 2 months have been excellent growing conditions with a variety of weather - sun, cloud, some cool days, some rain (in June), basically a bit of everything. A great contrast to last year’s over abundance of rain, flooding and the ‘Snailfest’ (e.g. remember the mega-downpour on 7th July before the Olympic Torch came to Cambridge?).

Read Keith Jordan's full gardening article on our website.

7. Help Cambridge Hub to write a guide to sustainable living!Cambridge Hub is in the process of writing a guide to sustainable and ethical living in Cambridge for new students. We need you guys to offer your pro-tips for getting involved in volunteering, campaigning and social entreprise in the colleges as well as little ways to reduce your carbon footprint and help local people. If you think you can help, even if it's just a few lines, drop us an email

8. The Liberated Feast 18 JulyThursday 18 July, 7 - 10pm, Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street

Join The Liberated Feast for a night of beautiful food, music and talks to enlighten and inspire. Share a gourmet 3 course meal, created from surplus food that has been donated by Cambridge food stores, food that would otherwise have been wasted. Wine (and vegan wine available too!) and Juices also included in the price.

Inspiring talks about Global Food Waste and creative projects working to reduce food waste.

There will be a local food fair and Fairtrade recycled crafts to buy, plus stands showcasing their work reducing food waste.
Live music and album launch from the amazingly talented Foulignouma, check them outhere.

Proceeds from the event will be going to The Milimani Academy feeding programme in Kenya and Cambridge Foodcycle.

Tickets £8 available to purchase from EventBrite.

9. Wildlife Wanderings 20 JulySaturday 20 July, 11am, Coldham's Common

Want to spend more time in Nature? Join our Wildlife Wanderings.
A leisurely meander through Coldhams's Common, taking our time to observe the nature that is taking place around us.
Meet at the gates to Coldham's Common, on Coldham's Lane, opposite Cromwell Road.
Bring a little notebook and pencil if you fancy starting a nature journal, we can show you how.
Please bring hats, suncream, suitable shoes and water.
And bring some simple healthy food to share, if you fancy staying for a picnic after.

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