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A conversation with Yellow Bear Wears

Alice Doyle08.2015The C-side Challenge

As part of our theme for the C-Side Challenge we spoke to innovative up-cycler Yellow Bear Wears.

What inspired you to create Yellow Bear Wears?

Growing up the slogan: ‘reduce, re-use, recycle’ was followed with much enthusiasm, in fact I remember always having random things used for different purposes once reaching their ‘end-life’. For instance when my shoes no longer fit they became plant pots in the garden, my mums laddered tights became supports for plants to grow up, any copper pipes my dad came across became frames for his beloved tomatoes to thrive in, complete with unusable taps attached! This ethos of re-using and upcycling inspired me from a young age, whilst at school my design projects included: a sofa-bed frame made of discarded wooden pallets, a clock made from old CD’s and a candle holder made of bent forks!

Having come from this sort of background it is embedded in me to upcycle and re-use, my jewellery follows that trend and I am inspired by finding new materials that I can try to find a use for, my newest experiments involve recycling bicycle inner tubes.

How do you source your materials?
I love hunting for knitting needles, I find them at boot sales, charity shops and occasionally through ebay. I am also given needles that are no longer being used, people can’t find a use for them as plastic knitting needles are not very practical for knitting with!

Why knitting needles?
I love the fact that knitting needles are probably one of the last materials you would expect to be used for jewellery, the surreal juxtapositions created by re-using and upcycling excite me and I’m still not bored of finding new things I can make with my needles!

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Join the Garage Sale Trial

Alice Doyle08.2015

A firm fixture we have in our C-Side challenge events diary, is the UK’s first Garage Sale Trail, taking place on Saturday 26th September in Brighton & Hove, as well as Todmorden in Yorkshire and Hackney, London.

The Garage Sale Trail will create a huge one day market to enable everyone in the city an opportunity to have a de-clutter, grab some bargains and raise a bit of cash for themselves or a cause.  The city wide Garage Sale aims to inspire reuse, giving, enterprise and boost the community spirit.

It’s also easy and free to take part – you just have to register your intent to run a Garage Sale in advance of September 26th, list your items or categories of goods you’ll have on offer – you can upload some pics for extra oomph – and it’s possible to pledge donations from your Garage Sale takings to a favourite charity, cause or project. A great way to support your community and clear some clutter too!

Schools, residents, community venues, independent businesses, charities, buildings, community projects, artists and makers can all register to hold a Garage Sale.  All the Garage Sales are mapped and listed on the Garage Trail website and will be shared via social media and to local press  – driving customers to your very own private ‘boot market’ on September 26th!

Brighton Freegle is curating local artists, teachers, designers, business owners, innovators and more to be a major part of the Garage Sale Trail. Others already signed up include the innovative MakerClub who teach children to build robots amongst other exciting things; local award-winning designer and Sussex University lecturer Claire Potter; the Brighton Peace and Environment Centre; Richard Grills, owner of The Marwood café and Presuming Ed’s Coffee House; and the team behind the fantastic community extravaganza’s Cook The Rabbit Events.
For locals you will see that the Garage Sale Trail is a similar model to other city wide events like Artist Open Houses, Garden Gad About or Eco Open Houses – it’s a fun way to meet the neighbours, have some fun and explore the city…..and prevent waste!

To find out more and to register your own Garage Sale see HERE.

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Is a sustainable future worth a conversation?

 Alice Doyle09.2015 The C-side Challenge

Want support to reduce your environmental impact?
Want to take practical steps against climate change?
Want to make more informed travel and purchasing decisions?

Then you are invited to take part in a free course starting the end of September – running on evening or weekends.

What is it?
Brighton Peace and Environment Centre are running a series of workshops to help local communities be the change they wish to see, with the award-winning intervention called ‘Carbon Conversations’.

Join a small group of 6-8 people to explore responses to climate change and sustainability from a different approach.

Our two courses are being run at The Bevy or The Hop and Vine.

What are Carbon Conversations?
The meet ups will create a non-judgemental atmosphere where individuals are encouraged to make serious lifestyle changes. The groups offer:
·    A friendly, safe and supportive space to discuss your thoughts and emotions about the impact of climate change.
·    Practical support to develop your own plans as to how you want to go about making changes to your lifestyle, in a way that fits with your values and that you feel comfortable with.
·    A friendly group atmosphere, where participants support each other to make changes and feel enabled.
·    Support from local trained facilitators to help you develop leadership and practical skills to inspire others do the same.

What is the aim?
Through guided discussion, participants will improve confidence in their abilities to develop a sustainable lifestyle that align with their personal values.

Why participate?
Participants of the Carbon Conversations will learn about climate change basics, ideas for a low-carbon future and chat on four key areas of your footprint – home energy, travel, food and consumption. Each person will also receive a handbook, entitled, ‘In Time for Tomorrow‘ which has received rave reviews from some impressive climate champions:

 “This lovely handbook covers it all…reckons honestly with the psychological impacts of a crisis that is far too easy for many of us to deny in our everyday lives…”
Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine.

“…truly remarkable…provides a framework for people to share the real reasons why they act the way they do…explores the landscape of hope…”          
George Marshall, author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

So why not be part of this innovative city-wide behaviour change initiative, funded by Brighton and Hove City Council and delivered by Brighton Peace and Environment Centre and Brighton and Hove 10:10.

There is a choice of weekend OR evening events and you would need to attend all sessions where possible. Please email your name, address and contact details to // email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07979 321 998 to find out more, or register your interest.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Past participant quotes: ‘Practical’…’Inspiring’…’Empowering’…’Enabling’…’ You can take things at your own pace’

Course dates
Evening events being held at The Hop and Vine, Fiveways
Tuesday 29th, September, 7.00-9.00
Wednesday 14th, October, 7.00-9.00
Tuesday 27th, October, 7.00-9.00
Tuesday 10th November, 7.00-9.00
Tuesday 24th November, 7.00-9.00
Tuesday 8th December, 7.00-9.00

Weekend events being held at The Bevy, Bevendean

Saturday, 3rd October, 11.00-3.30
Saturday, 24th October, 11.00-3.30
Saturday, 7th November, 11.00-3.30

Carbon Conversations: one of the Guardian’s ‘Top 20 solutions to climate change’

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We’re shining spotlight on climate action success stories

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Next week we’ll be joining a campaign designed to give businesses, organisations and individuals the opportunity to promote how they are taking steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions. We’ll be taking part in a worldwide push to collate stories for a new report, entitled “It’s happening”, designed to provide a “properly-presented showcase for the (massively under-reported) progress that is being made to cut emissions”. We’ve got some brilliant local contributions already, but want loads more. If you’ve made progress cutting emissions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., we’d love to hear from you.Read More

Urgent! Help Paul win energy efficiency prize

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Paul and Hanover 10:10 are very close to winning an amazing £10,000 to install energy efficiency measures and promote renewables in Brighton. VOTE HERE

Paul is a key member of the community “1010 Action Group”, a sustainable initiative based in Brighton. The group is currently spearheading a volunteer project to transform the local Community Centre. Besides making the building more energy efficient, the project should help to demystify renewable energy and energy efficiency products. Paul hopes it will spur people to make similar changes to their own homes.

Vote for Paul here on the Team GB website.

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