Transition Southampton

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Welcome to Transition Southampton
Transition Southampton is committed to working with local communities, organisations and local government to help develop positive solutions that meet the imminent challenges of fossil fuel scarcity (‘Peak Oil’) and Climate Change. Above all, Transition Southampton has a positive vision of a resilient and sustainable future beyond the age of abundant fossil fuel energy.

Circular Economy

What is the “circular economy”?

For a while now, there has been talk of “cradle to cradle” design principles within manufacturing industries, meaning that scarce resources could be recycled and re-used, and that no product would ever be “thrown away” after it had broken down. A recent development of this idea has been that of the circular economy and how this principle of zero waste (or near to it) could become inherent in all manufactured products, and also provide the potential of greater economic and employment benefits.

A local person who has recently influenced the bringing together of the various schools of thought is Dame Ellen MacArthur through the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Read more here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circular_economy#Emergence_of_the_idea http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_MacArthur_Foundation


In September we ran a permculture morning visit to two allotments and a garden in the city. It was a chance to share knowledge on mulching, compost and growing. We wrote up some notes from the visit which can be downloaded here. If you would like to be kept informed about similar events in the future, please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Collaborative Consumption

Traditional Sharing, Bartering, Lending, Trading, Renting, Gifting, and Swapping redefined through technology and Peer Communities.


We now live in a global village where there is an unbound marketplace for efficient peer-to-peer exchanges of space, stuff, skills, time, relationships and services between producer and consumer, seller and buyer, lender and borrower, neighbour and neighbour.

To find out more, check out the following links:



Current events and activities

We enjoyed the Roundabout Community Cafe so much last month we are there again in April (Westfield Corner between Wide Lane and Mansbridge Road SO18 2LE) between 11am and 12.30pm on Saturday 12th April. Next month will be Shirley way, possibly at Parklife cafe or maybe the Santos Lounge...... any other ideas lt us know This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This month is World Book Night (and St Georges Day!) on the 23rd April at Books for Free from 6pm. There'll be book and paper crafts, some silly poetry and nibbles. Please let us know if you would like to bring food, help with the craft activity or have a poem you would like to share. Also, if there is someone who doesn't usually have access to books that you would like to nominate to receive one of our World Book Night new books (Roald Dahl Short stories,  Geezer Girls by Dreda Say Mitchell or Today Everything Changes by Andy McNab) please drop us a line This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Connect with Transition Southampton

Transition Southampton are looking to reach out to existing community groups and organisations. If you are a community group or organisation, Transition Southampton can offer to come to your meeting, talk about Transition, or run a Transition-themed workshop, for example energy saving or upcycling.


Are you a group that aims to improve the local environment on conservation/recycling/food growing/energy saving? Join our fantastic Sustainability Directory.

Are you someone that has some time that could attend community meetings/activities? Transition would love to hear from you if you would like to help develop community connections.

For more information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Events Coming Soon

Wed Apr 23 @18:00 - 08:00PM
World Book night
Sat Apr 26 @00:00 - 11:59PM
Railway station walks